Carlos Scartascini

Carlos Scartascini is Leader of the IDB Behavioral Economics Group and Principal Technical Leader at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He is currently focused on expanding the use of behavioral economics at the IDB and leading many field experiments with governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy. In addition to Behavioral Economics, his areas of expertise include Political Economy, and Public Finance. He has published seven books and more than 35 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía, and Head and founding member of LACEA's BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network). A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.

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Highlights

A Conversation with the President of the IDB

(in Spanish)

¿De qué forma la psicología y la economía del comportamiento pueden mejorar las decisiones que tomamos en áreas como salud, ahorros e inversión en infraestructura? En esta charla junto a Luis Alberto Moreno, Presidente del BID, conversamos sobre cómo las intervenciones de la economía del comportamiento pueden mejorar las políticas y el bienestar ciudadano en América Latina y el Caribe.

Information and citizen behavior- Public policies for better decisions

Citizens are often busy, stressed and they don´t have time or the tools to take the right decisions. That's why the information you provide to them, how clear and concise it is, and how you distribute it can be important in determining how they behave. The IDB has conducted several interventions in which it offered clear information to citizens so they could make better decisions. We are working on environmental issues, providing information on pollution, on issues of citizen safety and the relationship with the police, and on conservation of resources like drinking water. In all cases, we seek to increase confidence in the State and greater demand for public policies with long-term benefits. At the IDB we are committed to continue designing and supporting public policies that improve the lives of Latin Americans.