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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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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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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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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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Can Interactive Disclosure Design Improve Investor Performance?

Disclosure is a central component of financial regulatory policy around the globe, yet its efficacy is an open question.  This blog posts discusses the effects of new designs for online prospectuses on investor outcomes. (more…)

Education Can Reduce Genetic Association with Obesity

A USC study finds that an extra year of education can influence whether or not someone becomes obese, especially among those at higher risk of obesity.

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What types of food aid programs do Americans prefer, and why?

The American public is split on the kinds of welfare programs they support: some people prefer free programs and others prefer programs that require families to incur some costs. This mirrors a similar split in policy and practice, for instance in the debate about aid programs’ work requirements.

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When Survey Respondents Don’t Pay Attention

We used a trap question to study if respondents were paying attention in a survey. We found that not paying attention was related to personality traits and lower levels of survey effort.

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The Price of Votes: Exploring the Effect of Ad Spending in the Last Presidential Campaign

Can ad spending change voter’s choice for President? A new approach uses administrative data and the Understanding America Study to evaluate the ability of campaign advertisements to persuade voters. (more…)

How Pre-Ordering Groceries can Help You Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

We conducted a research study with a local grocery store to learn about customer food choices. We found that pre-ordering foods in advance increased the healthfulness of food purchased.

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