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Behavior Insights to Improve Development Policy: World Development Report 2015

Mar 6, 2015 09:00AM to 10:00AM
Aaron Burr Room 216
Restricted to Princeton University
Karla Hoff, co-author of the 2015 World Development Report: Mind, Society, and Behavior

This event is sponsored by Innovations for Successful Societies and PIIRS.

One of the most fruitful advances in modern economics has been the introduction of psychological realism into the model of "economic man." The World Development Report 2015 organizes the evidence about how humans actually think and make decisions into a coherent framework useful for designing development policy. This paper elaborates on the three principles of human thinking that constitute the report's intellectual framework: Human thinking is dual process -- automatic as well as deliberative (thinking automatically); it is conditioned by social context and the salience of social identities (thinking socially); and it is shaped by mental models that are socially constructed (thinking with mental models). Behavioral insights create scope for policy interventions that produce "miracles" from the perspective of traditional economics.