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Why Behavioral Economics needs Artificial Intelligence; and Artificial Intelligence needs Behavioral Economics
Sendhil Mullainathan (Chicago Booth) will present the ninth annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics. Mullainathan is the Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth. His current research uses machine learning to understand complex problems in human behavior, social policy, and especially medicine, where computational techniques have the potential to uncover biomedical insights from large-scale health data. In past work he has combined insights from economics and behavioral science with causal inference tools—lab, field, and natural experiments—to study social problems such as discrimination and poverty.
Thursday, March 28, 2024
Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Findings from a new study by CPR Graduate Research Associate Yue Sun show that cutting air pollution to match the World Health Organization’s proposed standards could have prevented over 300,000 CVD deaths in 2016-18.
December 2023 | Download Brief
Colleen Heflin, Hannah Patnaik, Leonard Lopoo, and Siobhan O’Keefe
This brief highlights findings from a survey conducted to assess how making small behavioral science informed changes to SNAP informational flyers could improve military & veteran families’ knowledge about benefits & help to increase SNAP uptake in this population.
November 2023 | Download Brief
Badi H. Baltagi
This working paper shows that if spatial correlation is present whether spatial lag or spatial error or both, the standard Mundlak result in panel data does not hold and random effects does not reduce to its fixed effects counterpart. However, using maximum likelihood one can still estimate these spatial Mundlak models and test the correlated random effects specification of Mundlak using likelihood ratio tests as demonstrated by Debarsy for the Mundlak spatial Durbin model.
September 2023 | Download full working paper
CPR Research Areas
Faculty in the Center for Policy Research (CPR) conduct a broad range of interdisciplinary research related to public policy in the following research areas:
- Econometrics Methodology
- Energy and Environmental Policy
- Health Studies
- Public Finance
- Social Welfare, Poverty and Income Security
- Urban & Regional Studies
Center for Policy Design and Governance
Integrating policy, political and computational sciences in research and instruction to help scientists, practitioners and future public service leaders understand and address future governance challenges.
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Maxwell X Lab
Partnering with the public and nonprofit sectors, the X Lab leverages behavioral science and randomized controlled trials to create cost-effective solutions to complex problems.
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