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Behavioral Economics

The Foundation’s Behavioral Economics program supports research that incorporates the insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior. Launched jointly with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1986, the program was instrumental in the development of this new interdisciplinary field. The Foundation now channels much of its support for behavioral economics through the Behavioral Economics Roundtable, a consortium of leading researchers in the field which provides a small grants program for exploratory research, a two-week summer workshop for younger scholars, and a book series for major works in behavioral economics. The program’s current major initiative is a working group on consumer finance, which aims to use behavioral economics methods to analyze consumer financial decision-making.

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