the #policyshop round-up is back! you can expect the latest news from the world of behavioral science, policy + practice every tuesday.

this week: save the date for a tweet up on behavioral insights into poverty and limited attention (next tuesday at 1pm edt) and news and highlights from our recent conference, including npr's hidden brain, shankar vedantam, interviewing uber's keith chen, jana gallus on why people volunteer for wikipedia, and jason doctor on behavioral interventions to curb the over-prescription of antibiotics.

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twitter chat may 31-02

Join us on twitter next Tuesday, March 31st from 1-2pm EDT to chat about behavioral insights into poverty and limited attention. Together with NYU’s beELL group, BSPA will be hosting a chat using the hashtag #BEPoverty. Our guests will include Varun Gauri of the World Bank’s GINI behavioral team, John Balz, and our friends from ideas42. Visit for more information.

NPR Uber

At BSPA’s second annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month, NPR’s science correspondent Shankar Vedantam interviewed a panel of leaders from the private sector who are putting behavioral science into practice. Listen as Vedantam continues his discussion with one of the panelists, Uber’s chief economist Keith Chen, on his Hidden Brain podcast. Learn about the psychology behind Uber’s surge pricing and what, sometimes surprising factors, lead people to accept higher fares.

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also at BSPA's 2016 conference in Washington DC last month...

  • Jana Gallus presented new research on what motivates people to work for symbolic rewards based on field research with editors at Wikipedia, the online user-staffed encyclopedia. Sarah Guminski spoke with her about the research for Scientific American Mind.

  • The over-prescription of antibiotics is an important problem in the health care field that has been relatively impervious to simple economic solutions. Jason Doctor, whose work in collaboration with BSPA co-founder Craig Fox and others was featured in the New York Times in March, explores several effective behavioral solutions. This account from’s Brian Resnick dives into research presented at the BSPA conference last month.