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    • Behavioral Economics and Marketing in Aid of Decision Making Among the Poor 

      Bertrand, Marianne; Mullainathan, Sendhil; Shafir, Eldar (American Marketing Association, 2006)
      This article considers several aspects of the economic decision making of the poor from the perspective of behavioral economics, and it focuses on potential contributions from marketing. Among other things, the authors ...
    • A Behavioral Economics View of Poverty 

      Bertrand, Marianne; Mullainathan, Sendhil; Shafir, Eldar (American Economic Association, 2004)
    • Coarse Thinking and Persuasion 

      Mullainathan, Sendhil; Schwartzstein, Joshua; Shleifer, Andrei (MIT Press, 2008)
      We present a model of uninformative persuasion in which individuals “think coarsely”: they group situations into categories and apply the same model of inference to all situations within a category. Coarse thinking exhibits ...
    • Corruption 

      Banerjee, Abhijit; Hanna, Rema N.; Mullainathan, Sendhil (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      In this paper, we provide a new framework for analyzing corruption in public bureaucracies. The standard way to model corruption is as an example of moral hazard, which then leads to a focus on better monitoring and stricter ...
    • Enjoying the Quiet Life? Corporate Governance and Managerial Preferences 

      Bertrand, Marianne; Mullainathan, Sendhil (University of Chicago Press, 2003)
      Much of our understanding of corporations builds on the idea that managers, when they are not closely monitored, will pursue goals that are not in shareholders’ interests. But what goals would managers pursue? This paper ...
    • Essays in Development and Behavioral Economics 

      Schilbach, Frank N. (2015-05-21)
      This dissertation consists of three empirical essays in development and behavioral economics. Chapter 1 considers the impact of heavy alcohol consumption on savings behavior among low-income males in India. High levels ...
    • Essays in Development and Health Economics 

      Schofield, Heather Ward (2014-06-06)
      In this collection of essays I study individuals' health related decision-making and the consequences of those decisions for health and labor market productivity.
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Trucco, Laura Carolina (2015-09-04)
      Economic development, more often than not, is tightly connected to good governance and adequate provision of public goods and services. My dissertation examines characteristics of developing countries that are relevant to ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Lichand, Guilherme Finkelfarb (2016-05-20)
      Chapter 1 studies the effects of fighting corruption on public service delivery. While corruption crackdowns have been shown to effectively reduce missing government expenditures, their effects on public service delivery ...
    • Essays on Labor Markets in Developing Countries 

      Anand, Supreet (2012-07-23)
      This dissertation consists of three empirical essays on distortions in labor market outcomes in developing countries. Chapter 1 tests for downward nominal wage rigidity in markets for casual daily agricultural labor. It ...
    • Inductive Learning and Theory Testing: Applications in Finance 

      Zimmermann, Tom (2015-05-06)
      This thesis explores the opportunities for economic research that arise from importing empirical methods from the field of machine learning. Chapter 1 applies inductive learning to cross-sectional asset pricing. Researchers ...
    • Limited Attention and Income Distribution 

      Banerjee, Abhijit V.; Mullainathan, Sendhil (American Economic Association, 2008)
      Economists have long been interested in the idea that there is a direct circular relation between poverty and low productivity, and not just one that is mediated by market failures, usually in asset markets. The nutrition-based ...
    • The Market for News 

      Mullainathan, Sendhil; Shleifer, Andrei (American Economic Association, 2005)
      We investigate the market for news under two assumptions: that readers hold beliefs which they like to see confirmed, and that newspapers can slant stories toward these beliefs. We show that, on the topics where readers ...
    • Notes on Behavioral Economics and Labor Market Policy 

      Babcock, Linda; Congdon, William J; Katz, Lawrence F.; Mullainathan, Sendhil (Springer Science + Business Media, 2012)
      Labor market policies succeed or fail at least in part depending on how well they reflect or account for behavioral responses. Insights from behavioral economics, which allow for realistic deviations from standard economic ...
    • Productivity and Selection of Human Capital with Machine Learning 

      Chalfin, Aaron; Danieli, Oren; Hillis, Andrew Blair; Jelveh, Zubin; Luca, Michael; Ludwig, Jens; Mullainathan, Sendhil (2016)
      Economists have become increasingly interested in studying the nature of production functions in social policy applications, with the goal of improving productivity. Traditionally models have assumed workers are homogenous ...
    • Why Don't People Insure Late Life Consumption? A Framing Explanation of the Under-Annuitization Puzzle 

      Brown, Jeffrey R.; Kling, Jeffrey R.; Mullainathan, Sendhil; Wrobel, Marian Vaillant (American Economic Association, 2008)