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Adverse Selection and Marriage Timing: Does HIV Testing Accelerate Marriage?

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic is associated with delayed marriage and fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa.  An experiment shows that routine HIV testing could reverse this pattern. (more…)

Repairing Democracy: We Can’t All Get What We Want, But Can We Avoid Getting What Most of Us *Really* Don’t Want?

This post illustrates what multicandidate open voting could look like if voters had the option to vote for one candidate, to vote against one candidate, or to rate all the different candidates in more complex ways. Data collected in the heat of the 2016 US presidential primaries suggests that the result would have been dramatically different than under the current system. (more…)

Can Asking About People’s Social Circles Inform Election Predictions?

Asking people about how their social circles will vote, as in the 2016 USC Dornsife / LA Times Presidential Election Poll, might help to predict people’s voting behavior.

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The Association between Personality Traits and Voting Intentions in the 2016 Presidential Election

Analysis of survey data shows that personality has a strong, significant association with voting intentions, even when controlling for factors such as age, race, gender, socio-economic status and prior voting behavior. (more…)

Financial Education Interventions Targeting Immigrants and Children of Immigrants

Immigrants and their children in the US who receive financial education targeted at their specific needs demonstrably improve their financial literacy, but these gains in knowledge do not persist for long. (more…)

Making Better Antibiotic Prescribing Decisions

More effective solutions to curb antibiotic prescribing should take into account that doctors are human beings and subject to the same biases in decision-making as the rest of us. Jason Doctor discusses a few nudges that work. (more…)

Using Gifts and Goals to Help Kids Make Healthy Food Choices

A study seeks ways to nudge kids and schools into healthier behaviors.

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Poverty and Decision-Making

A new paper explores which circumstances lead to bad financial decisions.

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How Americans Manage their Finances

The Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California is conducting research supported by the Society of Actuaries and the Social Security Administration on Americans’ financial decision-making. (more…)

Does Consumer Spending React to Changes in Housing Wealth?

According to the Census, the current rate of home ownership in the United States is nearly 65%. Not only is the home a widely held asset, but it also represents the largest asset category in household balance sheets (more…)

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