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Carlos Scartascini is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Leader of the IDB Behavioral Economics Group. In addition to Behavioral Economics, his areas of expertise include Political Economy, and Public Finance. 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 paper: Shortchanging the Future: The Short-Term Bias of Politics

UPDATED!: Database of Political Institutions 2017 (DPI 2017)

New Monograph: Sports for Development

Latest Videos: ¿Los programas deportivos ayudan a disminuir la pobreza? (Facebook Live)

 Information and citizen behavior: Public policies for better decisions  

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

Latest Book: ¿Quiénes deciden la política social? (40,000 downloads!)

Latest Press Interviews: El País; Clarín; El PaísRevista Apertura 

Most recent Opinion Pieces: 

"Sports Programs Can Boost Solidarity and Strengthen Societies" Ideas Matter. June 2018

"Sports can transform lives if we do it right" Ideas Matter. June 2018

"Nudging Latin Americans to Healthier, More Prosperous Lives" Ideas Matter. January 2018

"When Politics Distorts Tax Reform" Ideas Matter. December 2017

"The Good, Bad and Unexpected of Fiscal Rules" Ideas Matter. December 2017

"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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