How can insights from behavioral economics be used to make development policies and poverty alleviation more effective? Joshua Dean talks about his own research on early childhood education, the role of incentives in public health, and the broader question how to design policies that take into account the cognitive restraints that citizens face. This video was made while Josh was a post-doc at briq in 2019.
Three questions with Joshua Dean
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I am an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I research the interaction of poverty and cognition using primarily randomized controlled trials. Under this broad agenda, my research can be grouped into three main categories. First, I am interested in how the conditions of poverty shape cognitive development by affecting human capital investment. Second, I am interested in how environments of poverty impede cognition. Finally, I am interested in how cognitive processes may impede poverty alleviation. I hope that by improving our understanding of these relationships, my research can provide guidance to policy makers on the best ways to alleviate poverty.Homepage
Paper mentioned in the videoImproving immunisation coverage in rural India: clustered randomised controlled evaluation of immunisation campaigns with and without incentives BMJ 2010;340:c2220
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