Helping People Change Their Behavior – For Their Own, and Society’s, Good

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Greetings Action Designers!

We’re excited to have Dr. Carlos Scartascini, leader of the IDB Behavioral Economics Group, come speak with us. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy (through the use of field experiments). He'll be talking with us about ways to get people to change, for their own and society's good.

PRESENTATION:

What are the best ways to get people to change their behavior for their own, and society’s good? In this presentation, Carlos Scartascini will summarize the vast array of interventions being conducted at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using behavioral insights to improve lives in Latin America.

Dr. Scartascini's current research focuses on the role of information on behavior and the demand for public policy through the use of field and survey experiments. Some of the interventions he has designed help evaluate: (i) the effect of different types of messages (deterrence, reciprocity, and peer effects) on tax compliance; (ii) the effect of different methods of communication (letter, email, personal visit) on the willingness to cancel debts; (iii) the effect of positive incentives and rewards, in particular the provision of durable and visible goods, on reciprocity between citizens and the State; (iv) the effect of reducing computational costs by explaining the benefits of each alternative on the probability of registering into a payment plan; (v) the effect of saliency and moral messages to improve the responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, and (v) the role of transparency and ways of providing information to citizens on trust in the government, among others.

He has published seven books and more than 35 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía and referee for more than a couple dozen academic journals.

SPEAKER:

Carlos Scartascini is Leader of the IDB Behavioral Economics Group and Principal Technical Leader at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He is currently focused on expanding the use of behavioral economics at the IDB and leading many field experiments with governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy. In addition to Behavioral Economics, his areas of expertise include Political Economy, and Public Finance. He has published seven books and more than 35 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía, and Head and founding member of LACEA's BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network).
More info at: www.cscartascini.org

SCHEDULE:

• 6:30 - 7:00 Arrivals and networking -- and snacks!
• 7:00 - 8:00 Presentation
• 8:00 - 8:45 Community announcements, followed by more networking

VENUE:

Viget -- "We are designers, engineers, and strategists. A team with a unique mix of skills knit together by our client-focused process, honed by decades of experience, that delivers real results, every time.
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PARKING
There is a free parking deck behind the building that can be accessed off of S. Maple Ave, West Broad Street (Route 7), or South Washington Street (Route 29/Lee Hwy). Guests can park in any non-reserved spot. Please be mindful of the reserved restaurant parking during certain hours. There are some covered spots available as well.

METRO / PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The closest metro is East Falls Church on the Orange/Silver line. Viget is located 1 mile from the metro with sidewalks along the whole way. Bus lines 2A and 3A also run from the metro to Viget's office. Cabs and Ubers are also available from the metro.

The following bus routes stop right by Viget.
• 2A (Arlington/Merrifield)
• 3A (Annandale/Falls Church)
• 28A (Tysons/Alexandria)