Behavioral economics, jobs and development – an interview with Dan Ariely (part 1)


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How can the study of behavioral economics and psychology help us generate more, better and inclusive jobs? In this two part interview, Professor Dan Ariely of Duke University outlines how we can use insights from behavioral economics to make a positive impact. He describes how to make job hunting less demoralizing and how to improve the prospects for those already in work. He also looks at the ways in which the World Bank can operationalize the findings of last year’s World Development Report. Finally, he reveals the fascinating results of a study conducted alongside the Jobs CCSA in Kenya, aimed at encouraging saving in the informal sector.


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Lipi Das
April 08, 2015

Dear Prof. Ariely:
Great fan of yours since the time we were given reference of your book-Predictably Irrational and videos during our IMT-Grenoble workshop by our Director Dr Bibek Banerjee. Do let me know if you have any collaborative projects where I or my institute IMT-Ghaziabad-India, can contribute towards Training & Skill Development.
We would love to hear to hear from you,
Best Regards,
Lipi Das
Faculty-Business Communication

April 08, 2015

The problem with experimenting while you're on the job is that within a company managers and project leaders expect you to perform and if you don't you're considered a loser. My experience is that no one cares that you just want to experiment; large corporations want you to deliver and perform really well, otherwise they show you the door.