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Thursday, September 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Nudging Our Way Toward Better Development Outcomes: How the Use of Behavioral Science Innovations Can Drive Cost-Effectiveness

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How should policymakers and social enterprises in developing countries account for the fact that people are not hyper-rational, utility-maximizing machines? At the intersection of psychology and economics, behavioral economics studies how individuals actually think and behave, as opposed to how they’re expected to behave in abstract models. The word “innovation” often connotes words like “disruptive” and “game-changing,” which imply that only those ideas that produce highly visible, step-change improvements in outcomes are innovative; yet, the growing field of behavioral economics in development shows that marginal, sometimes even no-cost, changes to policy and program design can significantly influence the behavior and decision-making of the poor and public service providers alike, yielding better outcomes.

This panel will feature thought leaders, practitioners, and researchers who are leveraging support and partnership with the U.S. government to test and scale innovations that rely on more realistic models of human behavior, centered on making public services more cost-effective and user-friendly. Panelists will discuss a range of topics from how to effectively recruit more intrinsically-motivated, higher-performing community health workers in Zambia; how to induce behavior change related to contraceptive use in Burkina Faso; providing incentives to households to boost child vaccination rates in India; the importance of human-centered design in refining products and services; and how “less is more” when training microentrepreneurs in finance and accounting.

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Alissa Fishbane

Managing Director, ideas42
Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth. Alissa serves on two World Economic Forum committees: the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science and the Human-Centric Health Steering Committee. She is also an affiliate for... Read More →

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Annie Duflo

Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Annie is responsible for leading the strategic directions of IPA, the implementation of its strategic plan and the day to day operations. Previously, Annie served as IPA's Research Director where she managed IPA's research network, staff capacity-building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized evaluations in the field. Prior to joining IPA, Annie was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. Annie holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Master in Social Sciences from EHESS... Read More →
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Elizabeth Fox

Deputy Coordinator Maternal and Child Survival, Global Health Bureau, USAID
Elizabeth Fox is the Deputy Coordinator for Maternal and Child Survival at USAID and a Senior Adviser in Global Health. She supports the Agency goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.  | | Dr. Fox has been with USAID for 20 years. Before joining USA... Read More →
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Shobhini Mukerji

Executive Director, J-PAL South Asia at IFMR
Shobhini Mukerji is the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)’s South Asia regional center, hosted by the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai. Shobhini is based in New Delhi and provides technical, administrative, fi... Read More →
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Joanna Murray

Director of Research, Development Media International (DMI)
Jo’s background is in epidemiology and public health. Before joining DMI, Jo was a researcher based in the Child Health Unit in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, where she also completed her PhD. She worked on various research projects around improving neo... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center