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    In the United States, more than 45 million people live below the poverty line, including one in five children who will experience its long-lasting effects. While public benefits programs meaningfully impact countless lives by providing essentials like food and health care, many people who are struggling do not receive these benefits for a variety of ... Read more.

    The post From WIC to SNAP: Benefits Programs Go Farther with Behavioral Science appeared first on ideas42.


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    This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Imagine you just received the news that you have a serious but treatable medical condition. What would you think about? Perhaps you would fear for your health, or worry about what the treatment’s side effects might be. In a recent study, participants were asked what they would think about ... Read more.

    The post Runaway Trains of Thought: How Boosting Cognitive Bandwidth Can Fight Poverty appeared first on ideas42.


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    What is the cost of making a late loan payment? If you’re like most people, you probably think of late fees. But there are also less visible, longer-term consequences that can have a serious impact on financial wellbeing. For example, late payments affect credit scores, which in turn can affect the ability to access credit ... Read more.

    The post Keeping the Paths to Credit Open in Mexico appeared first on ideas42.


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    Over the last year and a half, we collaborated with 11 financial capability organizations to teach them how to apply behavioral insights to their programs. Each organization identified and tackled an initial problem impeding client financial health by leveraging their unique knowledge of the populations they serve. The reach of the Behavioral Design Project (BDP) ... Read more.

    The post Learning Behavioral Design, Part 2: How to Embed Behavioral Design in Organizations appeared first on ideas42.


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    It’s one thing to read about behavioral science or attend a one-time training on how it’s been used to improve programs. It’s another to take those insights and apply them to the real world yourself. That was the driver behind our Behavioral Design Project for Promoting Financial Health, in which 11 organizations actively learned behavioral ... Read more.

    The post Learning Behavioral Design, Part 3: 5 Lessons for Applying Behavioral Design to Programs appeared first on ideas42.


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    This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Fighting poverty with direct cash payments is more common now than ever before. In 1997, only three developing countries had centrally managed cash transfer programs targeting poverty. Today, more than 120 do, and more than $200 million in cash is distributed daily. The adoption of cash transfers was a significant step ... Read more.

    The post How Incorporating Behavioral Science into Cash Transfer Programs Is Changing Lives appeared first on ideas42.


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    Digital tools such as automated savings and investment, expense tracking, and person-to-person payments save people time and help them manage complex finances. Useful features like these can even support overall financial health, particularly for low- and middle-income consumers, if traditional financial services don’t meet their needs. Widespread adoption of these services also benefits financial providers ... Read more.

    The post Introducing a Behavioral Playbook for Financial Providers appeared first on ideas42.


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  • 05/03/18--07:34: Making Saving Easier
  • “It’s very hard for me to save, because I have so many day-to-day expenses for my small kiosk. Still, at the beginning of the month I manually transfer part of my commission to my savings account, that way I don’t use it for other purposes during the month. It would be great if this transfer ... Read more.

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