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Behavioral Economics and Innovation in Cities

Posted Dec 10 2017


Carla Coronado MPA-EPM 2017
Carla Coronado MPA-EPM 2017

Columbia University guest lecturer Carlos Scartascini from the Inter-American Development Bank visited the School of International and Public Affairs to talk about how Behavioral Economics through messages and methods of communication can affect behavior and demand for public policy in order to increase fiscal revenues and improve public policies in Latin America.

"Carlos Scartascini shared with us some real-life experiences on how the IDB is putting in practice behavioral economics insights for meeting policy objectives in Latin America. I appreciate the opportunity of learning first hand about a topic that is not only at the research frontier but that has great potential for improving public policy design, especially due to its low implementation costs and political feasibility." ~ Carla Coronado (MPA-EPM'18)

"As a public servant and member of Behavioral Economics & Data Science Team (BEST) in Peru, I found Carlos Scartascini’s presentation very useful. He provided us with concrete examples of how the insights from behavioral economics can be used to improve to design, evaluate and improve the outcome of public policies. Also, the low cost of behavioral economics initiatives is especially attractive for Latin America and other developing regions." ~ Fati Uriarte Cacer (MPA-EPM'18)

For a summary of his presentation, Behavioral Economics and Innovation in Cities: Increasing Fiscal Revenues and Improving Public Policies in Latin America, please visit Ideas Matter here

Carlos Scartascini has published seven books and more than 30 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía. A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. The Guest Lecture series was introduced by Professor Paul Lagunes and sponsored by the Mid-career MPA in Economic Policy ManagementInstitute of Latin American Studies and Urban and Social Policy at Columbia SIPA.  

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