A behavioral poverty-alleviation program

Three Ways Behavioral Science Can Help End Poverty

Can behavioral science help end poverty? We think so, and we have a few ideas. First, we need to recognize why many of our best-intentioned efforts have failed. Too often, we’ve watched novel initiatives move directly from hypothesis to solution, without being rigorously tested and refined. Without adequate insight into human behavior and scientific experiments, this has led to a slew of disjointed, repetitious, and often inefficient programs that haven’t made much progress in the now decades-old War on Poverty. Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to cut corners. Over 45 million Americans are living below the poverty line—just $23,550 for a family of four. More than a third of those Americans (16 million) are under the age of 18. ….[READ]

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