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Conservatives Find More Meaning in Life than Liberals

This post covers a recently published article on the topic of political orientation and well-being. This blog post originally appeared on Character and Context, the blog for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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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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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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Do time frames matter in self-report research?

Questionnaires often differ in the time frame they use to assess how people feel. The choice of time frame can impact the findings and we advise to keep the time frames consistent across the measures.

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