Children's Health Incentives Lab was formed to improve children's health using behavioral economics and design. From memoirs to studies, these books have given us insight on human behavior and inspired us to search for ways we can nurture healthy behavior in children. Take a peak at some of our staff's favorite books on behavioral economics and social change (in no particular order).
Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics, explains how humans are not rational decision-makers. His research in behavioral economics shows we make predictable, systematic decisions instead. You can also hear Ariely explain his research in his TED Talk here:
New York Times reporter, Charles Duhigg, explains the science of habits with fascinating narratives to support his arguments. Stories from individuals, corporations, sports teams, and hospitals (just to name a few) show the effects of ingrained habits and how they can be change to achieve desired results. He also includes positive and uplifting methods on how we can create positive change in our own lives.
This book is a great introduction to “choice architecture,” professors Thaler and Sunstein explain how people make decisions and how better choices can be made through behavioral science and economics.
Angus Deaton, professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Economics Department at Princeton University, explains how development has left inequality gaps in different countries. His research describes the effects of international development focusing on countries’ economies, health, and well-being.
We describe this as a “Lean In” equivalent for college seniors. Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, shares why she started her nonprofit organization. Find out how Teach For America gave children in low-income communities academic opportunities they would not have difficulty receiving otherwise.
Economics professor, Steven Levitt, and journalist, Stephen Dubner, answer everyday questions with an economist’s lens. This is a great vacation-reading, cocktail-party-conversation-starter book.
Atul Gawande gives readers an inside look at how doctors’ struggle to do well with limited resources, abilities, and energy.
Professors Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir explain why and how people deal with scarcity in their lives. Using behavioral science and economics, they discuss ways we can make better decisions using "slack." Here's the New York Times article explaining their studies.