A large body of evidence suggests that behavioral biases, such as limited attention or loss aversion, can cause people to make choices that do not always enhance their welfare. IPA uses insights from behavioral economics to develop, rigorously evaluate, and scale products and product features that help low- to moderate-income households lead healthier financial lives. IPA has carried out behavioral economic research in Peru, Rwanda, the United States, and other countries.

A farmer on his land plot in Brazil

Recent research suggests that droughts and other natural disasters may impact farmers’ cognition as well as their agricultural income.

In 2012, remittances from migrant workers to developing countries were roughly three times the total amount of global foreign aid, yet little is known about how to make these funds work better....