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Carlos Scartascini is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His areas of expertise include Political Economy, Public Finance, and Behavioral Economics. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy (through the use of field experiments). He has published seven books and more than 30 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía. A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. 

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Latest Video: Information and citizen behavior: Public policies for better decisions  

Latest Working Paper: "Do Rewards Work? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Works"

Latest Data: Database of Political Institutions 2015 (DPI 2015). (2017 version coming soon)

Latest Book: ¿Quiénes deciden la política social? (more than 35,000 downloads!)

Latest Press Interviews: Clarin (Arg); El País (España)Revista Apertura (Arg) 

Most recent Opinion Pieces: 

"Behavioral Economics and the Messaging That Works" Ideas Matter. October 2017

"How Nobel Ideas Inspired the IDB" Ideas Matter. October 2017

"Should Reform Tackle Rules and Institutions Together?" Ideas Matter. October 2017

"A Fresh Look at Policymaking in Latin America"  Ideas Matter. September 2017

"A Simple Nudge is a Better Nudge" Ideas Matter. July 2017.




The information and opinions presented in this website are entirely those of the author, and no endorsement by the Inter-American Development Bank, its Board of Executive Directors, or the countries they represent is expressed or implied.



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