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Carlos Scartascini is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His areas of expertise include Political Economy, Public Finance, and Behavioral Economics. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy (through the use of field experiments). He 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. 

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Latest Videos: Información y comportamiento ciudadano: políticas públicas para mejores decisiones ; Is it relevant the method governments use to communicate with its citizens?Can rewards change behavior? ; Premios para el pago de impuestos

Latest Working Paper: "Do Rewards Work? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Works"

Latest Data: Database of Political Institutions 2015 (DPI 2015). (2017 version coming soon)

Latest Book: ¿Quiénes deciden la política social? (more than 31,000 downloads!)

     Summary of the book in Vox.LACEA

Latest Press Interviews: Clarin (Arg); El País (España)Revista Apertura (Arg) 

Most recent Opinion Pieces: 

"How Nobel Ideas Inspired the IDB" Ideas Matter. October 2017

"Should Reform Tackle Rules and Institutions Together?" Ideas Matter. October 2017

"A Fresh Look at Policymaking in Latin America"  Ideas Matter. September 2017

"A Simple Nudge is a Better Nudge" Ideas Matter. July 2017.

"El mejor nudge es el nudge más sencillo." Ideas que cuentan. Julio 2017

"Weak Institutions, Fiery Protests" Ideas Matter. July 2017. 

"Instituciones débiles y protestas encendidas". Ideas que cuentan. Julio 2017

"Rewards Help Tax Payments Become 'Contagious'." Ideas Matter. June 2017.

"Premios para que pagar impuestos se vuelva “contagioso”." Ideas que cuentan. Junio 2017

"Economía del comportamiento: ¿Pueden los premios incentivar el pago del impuesto sobre la propiedad?" Recaudando Bienestar. Mayo 2017.

"Moving Out of the Social Media Bubble to a More Robust Democracy" Ideas Matter. April 2017.


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