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Future Directions for Applying Behavioral Economics to Policy

Future Directions for Applying Behavioral Economics to Policy

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is undertaking a study to review the evidence regarding the application of insights from behavioral economics to key public policy objectives (e.g., related to public health, multiple areas of chronic illness [including mental health and HIV], economic well-being, responses to global climate change). The committee will examine applications from the past 5 to 10 years (including available evidence on U.S. federal and state policy applications as well as international examples) to identify features of successful applications (including progress in methods for assessing outcomes of behavioral interventions), and also less successful applications that may offer valuable lessons. The committee will also examine main controversies that have arisen as field has progressed, particularly with regard to intersections with related disciplines including cognitive psychology, social psychology, and the decision sciences.
The study will be carried out by a committee of approximately 12 volunteer experts in the fields of:
Economics, Behavioral Economics, Psychology, Medicine, Cognitive Science (e.g. judgment and decision making) and Methodology.

The National Academies are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in order to strengthen the quality of our work. Diverse perspectives contribute to finding innovative approaches and solutions to challenging issues. We encourage the nomination of volunteers who reflect the populations we serve and also welcome in particular nominations of candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and early- and mid-career professionals.

We invite you to submit nominations for committee members and/or reviewers for this study by October 25, 2021.

Contact information:
Name: Ashton Bullock
Phone: 202-334-3473