This week, the global behavioral science community convened at Harvard Business School to talk about the latest research from thought leaders and practitioners in the field. The BSPA was proud to support our peers in pulling off yet another amazing event.
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Can behavioral economics make better citizens?

Forbes explores a new initiative by ideas42 funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation focused on bringing behavioral research to states and municipalities

“The proof is very clear that with behavioral science you can create real and lasting changes in behavior,” according to Ted Robertson, managing director with ideas42. For instance, people will use less energy at home if utilities include a simple graph comparing their household’s consumption to their neighbors.’

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Slate turns to behavioral science to explain why people overspend and how they might stop

Dan Ariely and Oren Bar-Gill weigh in on how people can sometimes find themselves in debt despite their best intentions:

[A]lthough in theory you’d like to take care of yourself in the future, when it comes to how you live your life, Now You matters more than Later You. So it’s tempting for Now You to buy stuff and force Later You to pick up the tab. Of course the problem is that we all become Later You, to whom the bills get sent.


Hillary Clinton's efforts to paint Trump as 'risky' play right into his hands

Chris Bryan and Kristy Pathakis explain why when people feel like things aren't going well (i.e., they are in the domain of losses) a risky option can seem pretty appealing.

[E]fforts to portray Trump as a risky choice may play right into his hands. In discontented times like ours, psychology suggests voters are more amenable to a radical new approach to government, even if it is unconventional or high-risk.

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