Research Coffee Break: Ideas on Motivating Debt Repayment from a Behavioral Economist


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Take an afternoon break for a quick dose of relevant research!

Join Pamela Chan from Prosperity Now’s Human Insights team as she sits down with Jeremy Burke on Thursday, October 18th from 3:30-4:00pm ET to discuss early insights and ideas from his research on behavioral nudges for debt reduction. Together, we’ll think about the potential implications for credit counseling and financial coaching organizations.

About our guest:

Jeremy Burke is a Senior Economist at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research and Director of USC’s Behavioral Economics Studio. His main fields of research are behavioral economics and consumer financial decision-making. Jeremy frequently partners with financial practitioners to conduct field experiments to test behaviorally informed strategies to improve financial health. Examples include experiments designed to help consumers build savings (with soft-commitment mechanisms), reduce debt (with lottery linked incentives), and build credit (with various behavioral nudges).

In other research, Jeremy is examining how automatic enrollment influences cash-out decisions at job separation, and whether nudges received in advance can help indebted consumers leverage tax refunds to reduce their debt burdens.

Jeremy received his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and previously was an Economist at RAND, Associate Director of RAND’s Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, and a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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