Speakers


SYON BHANOT

Syon Bhanot is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. His areas of research include pro-social behavior, environmental conservation behavior, development, and personal finance decisions. Syon has worked with startups, social enterprises, cities, and international organizations, including the World Bank, to apply the tools and methods of behavioral and experimental economics to solve real-world problems.

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SARA HELLER

Sarah Helle is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at University of Pennsylvania. She uses large-scale randomized control trials to investigate the impact and cost effectiveness of public policies to improve life outcomes for disadvantaged youth. Her work focuses primarily on field experiments testing the effects of treatment interventions on crime, education, and other life outcomes.

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DAN HOPKINS

Professor Dan Hopkins is currently an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication. He is a political scientist whose research centers on American politics, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, local politics, political behavior, and research methods. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, he was a member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

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KATHERINE MILKMAN

Katherine Milkman is an associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she has a secondary appointment as an associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, and she is the co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Her research relies heavily on "big data" to document various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. Her work has paid particular attention to the question of what factors produce self-control failures (e.g., undersaving for retirement, exercising too little, eating too much junk food) and how to reduce the incidence of such failures.

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Evan Nesterak

Evan Nesterak is the Co-founder of The Psych Report, a nonprofit online behavioral science news magazine. He is also a researcher in the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Evan graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 where he studied psychology and statistics.

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Sam Quinney

Sam Quinney is currently an applied research analyst for the District of Columbia government. Previously, he was a research fellow at the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) where he focused on applying behavioral science to issues in education. He continues to collaborate with SBST, working to benefit the U.S. Department of Education. He has also worked as a mayoral fellow in Chicago, and a history teacher in Philadelphia. 

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Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Schwartz has written ten books and more than 100 articles for professional journals. He has lectured the British and the Dutch governments and has given three TED talks and two TEDX talks. In 2004, Schwartz published The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, which was named one of the top business books of the year by both Business Week and Forbes Magazine. Schwartz is also the author, with Kenneth Sharpe, of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. His most recent book is Why We Work.

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WILL TUCKER

Will Tucker is a Vice-president of ideas42 and a fellow at the White House Social and Behavioral Science Team. A Truman Scholar, he graduated with degrees in Africana Studies and Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a member of the President’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. He also received an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

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Kevin Volpp

Kevin Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHIBE), Director of the Center in Behavioral Economics and Health, Vice Chairman for Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy, and a Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Health Care Management at the Wharton School. His work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. 

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