A global academic network of behavioral insights researchers

We share resources and hold online and digital events to promote research in behavioral science and public policy, also known as "behavioral insights."
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Join us for our free public bi-weekly global seminar series.

Each session features a researcher's latest project from an academic institution or non-profit, in order to share and learn from experimental designs, results, and BI research contributions.

Tired of eating alone? We are too! Sessions are scheduled during 12-2pm EST to allow for Brown Bag breaks for government practitioners and policy enthusiasts.

Feel free to come and go as you please, taking what is relevant for you from the talk.

Zoom links will be sent out via email.

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Upcoming seminars

Visit the Seminar page for a full list of upcoming talks and events.

Begins September 10th.

You can also download a full list of all speaker sessions here:

September 10, 2020

Incentives for Civil Servants: The Role of Behavioral Insights and Training Programs

Carlos Scartascini (Inter-American Development Bank) (with Paula Zamora)

September 24, 2020

What Do People Want to Know? An International Survey

Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard Law School)

September 24, 2020

Do The Effects of Social Nudges Persist? Theory and Evidence From 38 Natural Field Experiments

Alec Brandon (Johns Hopkins) (with Paul J. Ferraro, John A. List, Robert D. Metcalfe, Michael K. Price, and Florian Rundhammer)

October 8, 2020

When Nudges Aren't Enough: Incentives and Habit Formation in Public Transport Usage

Christina Gravert (Univ of Copenhagen) (with Linus Olsson Collentine)

October 8, 2020

The $100 Million Nudge: Increasing Tax Compliance of Businesses and the Self-Employed using a Natural Field Experiment

October 22, 2020

Measuring the Welfare Effects of Shame and Pride

Robert Metcalfe (USC) (with Luigi Butera, William Morrison, and Dmitry Taubinsky)

October 22, 2020

Lean In or Don’t Lean Out? Opt-out Framing Eliminates Gender Differences in Competition

Joyce He (Rotman)

November 5, 2020

Can Making Family Salient Increase Financial Savings? Quantifying Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Voluntary Retirement Contributions Using a Field Experiment in Mexico

Dilip Soman and Avni Shah (Rotman)

November 5, 2020

Altruism or Money? Reducing Teacher Sorting using Behavioral Strategies in Peru

Nicolás Ajzenman (São Paulo School of Economics) (with Eleonora Bertoni, Gregory Elacqua, Luana Marotta, and Carolina Méndez Vargas, IADB)

November 19, 2020

The Importance of Tightness-Looseness for Understanding Cross-Cultural Variation in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Michele Gelfand (Univ Maryland)

November 19, 2020

Hate Trumps Love: The Impact of Political Polarization on Social Preferences

Eugen Dimant (Penn)

December 3, 2020

Structuring Decisions to Encourage (or Discourage) Action: The Impact of Quantity-Based Choices

Kristen Duke (Rotman)

December 3, 2020

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Commercially Available Canadian Health Application

Renante Rondina (Rotman)

December 17, 2020

Behavioural Science and Ethics in the Context of Covid-19

Liam Delaney (London School of Economics) (with Leonhard K. Lades)

December 17, 2020

When Women and Racial Minorities Seek Help, Mentioning Their Demographic Identity is an Asset

Erika Kirgios (Wharton)

January 14, 2021

Signing at the Beginning Versus at the End Does Not Decrease Dishonesty

Ariella Kristal (Harvard Business School)

January 14, 2021

Political identity and the interpretation of reality in times of crisis

Guglielmo Briscese (UChicago) (with Marianne Bertrand , Maddalena Grignani, and Salma Nassar)

January 28, 2021

Digital Addiction

Hunt Allcott (New York University) (with Matthew Gentzkow and Lena Song)

January 28, 2021

Digital Nudges for Screen Time Reduction: A Randomized Control Trial with Performance and Wellbeing Outcomes

Michael Sobolev (Cornell) (with Laura Zimmermann)

February 11, 2021

Behavioral Science Around the World, Vol. II: Profiles of 17 International Organizations

eMBeD Team (World Bank, multiple presenters)

February 25, 2021

Social Influence in Prosocial Behavior: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment

Egon Tripodi (University of Essex) (with Lorenz Goette)

March 11, 2021

Financial Nudges

Nathan M. Maddix (Max Planck Institute)

April 8, 2021

Quantifying Repugnance to Price Gouging with An Incentivized Reporting Experiment

Justin Holz (Chicago) (with Rafael Jimenez Duran and Eduardo Laguna-Mueggenburg)

April 22, 2021

OECD Research Insights

Chiara Varazzani (OECD, Public Governance Directorate)

May 20, 2021

A Global Test of Brief Reappraisal Interventions on Emotions During the COVID–19 Pandemic

Ke Wang (Harvard Kennedy School) (with A. Goldenberg, C. Dorison, J. Miller, J. Lerner, E. Grenen, and W. Klein)

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We believe that a future focused on sustainability requires concerted efforts to learn, share, and conduct scientific research on human behavior and public policies.

Our global network is committed to ensuring that all behavioral insights professionals are treated with dignity and respect, that all researchers are able to practice and apply their professional expertise with rigor and humility. Any bullying, racism, sexism, aggression, or unethical behavior will not be tolerated.

Whenever possible, we strive to align behavioral insights theory and practice to the promotion of sustainable development goals, uniting researchers who face similar challenges even when disconnected.