Relationship advice from the government doesn’t help low-income couples – here’s what might

Justin Lavner, Benjamin Karney, and Thomas Bradbury write about their research on low income relationships published in Behavioral Science and Policy. Given past evidence that public relationship education programs did not significantly benefit couples living with low incomes, the authors ask what could help. They find that external challenges, particularly financial stress, may be bigger drivers of relationship satisfaction for low income couples than skills like healthy communication, the focus of the federally funded education programs. Their research suggests that programs and policies that assist low income couples with child care, finances, or job training may be more effective at helping to relieve stress directly and make space for healthy relationship management.

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what is nudging?

On the policyshop blog, Pelle Hansen provides a definition of nudging that is independent of libertarian paternalism, but remains a useful tool for a libertarian paternalist to employ.

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turning off your phone is an underrated behavioral intervention

In the Science of Us, Jesse Singal gives an example of just such a nudge: try turning your phone off rather than relying on your willpower to keep you from constantly checking for updates and missing the world right in front of you.

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Interview with Richard Thaler: Part 2 of 3

“In part two of this three part interview, Richard Thaler and Syon Bhanot discuss the history and future of behavioral economics, as well as what other fields should be involved in applied behavioral science.”

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