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A Behavioral Economics Approach to Development Policy

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Sendhil Mullainathan
Founder, ideas42
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development

Saugato Datta
Vice President, ideas42

Hosted by
Amanda Glassman
Director of Global Health Policy and Research Fellow
Center for Global Development

Behavioral economics seeks to complement traditional approaches to economics by incorporating insights from psychology and human behavior, and taking a behavioral approach allows us to understand a host of behaviors that are critical to the success of a variety of development policies. In this event, Sendhil Mullainathan and Saugato Datta will present a paper exploring how behavioral economics can inform development policy, from education to health to cash transfer programs. Drawing on the latest research in these and other areas, the authors will discuss how behavioral economics provides policymakers with innovative new ways of tackling many important issues in development.

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Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow
Non-Resident Fellow

Thursday, August 2, 2012
10:30am to 12:00pm