New Core Program: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context

September 15, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce a new core program, Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context, which merges its long-standing program on Behavioral Economics and its special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context. The new program encourages perspectives from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, political science, sociology, law, public policy, and other social sciences, to further our understanding of economic, social, political, and psychological decision-making processes, attitudes, behaviors, and institutional practices in public and private contexts such as policing/criminal legal systems, employment, housing, politics, racial/ethnic relations, and immigration.

Research in this area is expanding rapidly. RSF is open to a range of questions consistent with its mission to “improve social and living conditions in the United States” and the funding priorities of its other core programs on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Future of Work.

The kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Biases and Misperceptions – RSF is interested in research examining the extent to which implicit and explicit biases and misperceptions affect attitudes and behaviors in employment, criminal, judicial, political, educational, and other settings, and the consequences of these actions.

Institutions, Policies, Social Structures, and Networks – RSF is interested in research examining the extent to which and how institutions, policies, social, structures, and networks affect attitudes and behaviors.

Motivations, Incentives, and Choice Architecture – RSF is interested in research on the consequences of choice architecture and motivated behavior for social, economic, and political inequalities.

Habits, Time Preferences, Mental Bandwidth, and Behavior Change – RSF is interested in research examining how consequential habits are formed and changed, and the extent to which habits, mental burdens and preferences affect social, economic, and political attitudes and behaviors.

Affect and Emotions – RSF is interested in supporting research that examines the extent to which emotions influence social, economic, legal, and political attitudes and behaviors.

View the full RFP and learn more about the Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context program here.

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