Women Deliver – The Conference for Girls’ and Women’s Health and Rights

Women Deliver, the conference on girls’ and women’s health and rights, is held this week, May 16-19, 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The 4th annual conference boasts the largest gathering of its type in the last decade. Women Deliver is focused on creating dialogue and discussing innovations for how to implement the SDG’s so they matter most for women and […]

The Guardian weighs in on the World Bank’s use of ‘nudges’

This past March, the Guardian featured an article titled “How the World Bank is ‘nudging’ attitudes on health and hygiene.”  The piece discuses how the World Bank’s Global Insights Initiative (Gini) employs tools from behavioral economics to address problems of poverty. Varun Gauri, head of Gini,  vouches for a behavioral economics approach because “many of the problems governments […]

Social networks and community norms help reduce unmet need

The Tékponon Jikuagou Project is a USAID funded project housed at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. Tékponon Jikuagou aims to reduce unmet need for contraceptives and increase family planning practices in Benin. The project includes five interventions which aim to “spark conversations about about FP use, encourage individuals to act on their […]

Applying BE to Public Health Policy

“The focus of the behavioral economics approach is to better predict people’s actions, with the goal of devising more effective policy.” [1] This quote is taken from an article recently published in the May 2016 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, titled, “Applying Behavioral Economics to Public Health Policy: Illustrative Examples and Promising Directions.” The article focuses on […]

BERI featured on behavioraleconomics.com

Last week a piece written by researcher Manisha Shah and BERI staff was published on the blog for behavioralecnomics.com.  Behavioraleconomics.com is an educational and networking site for individuals interested in behavioral economics: from academia, to business, and the public sector.  The site offers promotions for events on behavioral science, a series of Behavioral Economics Guides, […]

stickK: an online platform helping you commit to your goals

In 2007 Development Economist Dean Karlan had an idea: to create an online platform using concepts from behavioral economics to help people achieve their goals.  He worked with fellow academics, and enlisted the help of one of his students to launch the venture and, in 2008 stickK was born. The site’s concept is based on […]

Abortion and contraceptives as substitutes: a natural experiment

Abortion services and contraceptives are often thought of as substitutes – access to one substitutes use of the other.  However, the body of evidence that exists on this topic is difficult to interpret.  In attempt to bring clarity to the topic, CEGA affiliate Grant Miller, along with co-author Christine Valente, are studying the effects of the […]

Spring 2016 Update

BERI Spring 2016 Program Update Click the link above to see an overview of BERI’s activities from this Spring, 2016. If you would like to join our mailing list, please subscribe to the blog, or fill out this form.

At long last, economists concede a role for society and culture in shaping who we are

In traditional economics, the rational actor is cast as the decision-maker. Early work in behavioral economics introduced the concept of the quasi-rational actor – an individual whose preferences can be altered by seemingly irrelevant factors in the moment of decision. Furthermore, some of the more recent work in behavioral economics introduces a much deeper role […]

Can social incentives help change behavior around healthcare during pregnancy?

This week’s blog features a project update written by BERI grantee Anne Karing. Karing is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UC-Berkeley. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA),  we are implementing a randomized control trial to evaluate the impact of social incentives (in […]