For Fairer Courts, Address Prosecutor Bias

In an Op-Ed in the New Republic based on their recent article in Behavioral Science & Policy, Shima Baughman, Christopher Robertson, and Sunita Sah recommend removing information about race provided to prosecutors as they decide whether or not to charge suspects, or what plea bargain agreements to offer, in order to reduce the effects of implicit bias.


From Voting to Writing a Will: The Simple Power of Making a Plan

Writing in The Conversation, Todd Rogers, together with Adan Acevedo, writes about research on the power of plan making in following through on one’s intentions, particularly when it comes to voting. His recent Behavioral Science & Policy article with Katherine Milkman, Leslie John, and Mike Norton summarizes the key findings that underlie the simple power of making a plan.


Can Science Make People Save Money?

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Greenfield writes an in-depth story about a New York-based savings program run by Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), highlighting the possibilities and obstacles of behavioral interventions aimed at helping people who are often short on money to save.


Many Choose to Retire too Early, Much to Their Regret Financially

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Shlomo Benartzi and Martin Weber explain that people often choose to “retire too early, resulting in serious financial shortfalls in old age.” They present a simple two-question quiz that may help. You can also read this article from the debut issue of Behavioral Science & Policy by Melissa Knoll and her colleagues on why Americans claim benefits early and how to encourage delay.

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