Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103001
Authors: 
Datta, Saugato
Mullainathan, Sendhil
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/103
Abstract: 
Successful development programs rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways, and behavioral economics helps us understand why people behave and choose as they do. Approaching problems in development using behavioral economics thus leads to better diagnosis and to better-designed solutions. This paper sketches how to use behavioral insights to design development programs. It distills key insights of behavioral economics into a simple framework about the constraints under which people make decisions. It then shows how this framework leads to a set of behavioral design principles whose use can improve the reach and effectiveness of many development programs.
Subjects: 
behavioral economics
development
program design
JEL: 
D03
D04
O12
O13
O14
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-824-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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