How to work in interdisciplinary teams

CESR behavioral scientist Wandi Bruine de Bruin is a psychologist who has been conducting interdisciplinary research for more than 20 years, including with economists at CESR. She discusses the conditions that, in her experience, make interdisciplinary research teams successful.

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Can prize-linked incentives improve financial behavior?

This post discusses results from a recent study examining whether prize-linked incentives can be effective in promoting debt reduction.

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To Deceive or Not to Deceive: The Debate about Deception in Economics

This post discusses how the field of economics grapples with the question of deception of participants in experiments.

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Are MTurk participants as happy as the rest of us?

This post discusses our recent finding that MTurk survey respondents have much lower levels of life satisfaction than other representative samples, even after controlling for demographic differences among samples. We urge caution in using MTurk samples for studies where lower life satisfaction could impact results.

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Why did it take a fire to raise the funds? Charitable giving in the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire

This post discusses how “warm glow” charitable giving may explain the outpouring of donations to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in the wake of the fire

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To Help People with Mental Illness, Keep Them in School

In the struggle to help people with mental illness cope with their affliction, a powerful long term tool has been overlooked: school. Seth Seabury and Thomas Insel write on the importance of education in expanding opportunities for patients with serious mental illness.

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The Effect of Thank-You Calls on Charitable Giving

This post presents results from a large-scale experiment assessing the impact on future donations to charity of thank you calls to past donors.

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California Can’t Wait for Washington’s Approval to Control Healthcare Spending

Schaeffer researcher Glenn Melnick writes that we need legislation that reduces hospitals’ emergency room leverage by capping out-of-network emergency room charges and to rein in the growing economic power of large healthcare enterprises in California. (more…)

People Cost Even More Than Drugs: The Imperative For Productivity

The biggest reason health care in the United States costs so much more than in other wealthy countries is that it takes more, and more highly paid, people to deliver care says Quintiles Senior Fellow Bob Kocher. He offers policy solutions for improving labor productivity.

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The Lancet special issue on Advancing Women in Science, Medicine, and Global Health

What lessons can we learn about promoting gender equity from Singapore’s experience of investing in public health? A paper in The Lancet by CESR economist Joanne Yoong explores this issue.

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