Kent Messer & Jacob Fooks’s Mascot Research: Cheer or Fear?

Smokey Bear has spent decades reminding picnickers “only you can prevent forest fires” and has even been known to cry over the devastation they leave in their wake. University of Delaware researchers say the cartoon bear illustrates how mascots can most effectively protect the environment – by threatening disappointment. New …

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Improving Conservation Impact Evaluations

Evaluating the impact of conservation programs is a challenge, as researchers and policy makers must estimate the difference between the post-program outcome we can observe and the unobservable, counterfactual outcome that would have existed in the absence of the program. In a randomized controlled trial, the counterfactual outcome can be …

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Behavioral Sciences Workshop

Using Insights from Behavioral Sciences to Improve Agri-environmental Programs Thinking, Fast and Slow…Nudge…Influence…President Obama’s new Behavioral Sciences Insights Directive…The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team & FSA’s successful microloan program… Have you heard the buzz surrounding behavioral economics – a mix of economics, psychology, sociology and neuroscience – but are not …

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