Behavioral Sciences Workshop

Using Insights from Behavioral Sciences to Improve Agri-environmental Programs

Thinking, Fast and SlowNudgeInfluencePresident 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 sure how it can help your programs?

Insights from the behavioral sciences are revolutionizing the way in which government programs are delivered, and this revolution is arriving for agri-environmental programs. Join us for an introductory workshop featuring leading experts in applications of the behavioral sciences to government programs. No knowledge of economics or behavioral economics required.

You’ll learn how to tweak your programs to enhance impacts and improve cost-effectiveness, without additional funds or new legislation. The workshop is free and sponsored by the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR). CBEAR is dedicated to working with the USDA to create effective evidence-based agri-environmental programs.

What will you learn? Check out our behavioral insights brief on “The Power of Defaults” for an example of one of the topics we will cover.

Using Insights from Behavioral Sciences to Improve Agri-environmental Programs

National Press Club

529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.

9:00 am-3:00 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Lunch will be provided.  If you have any dietary restrictions we should be aware of, please email Maddi Valinski ( For more information, contact CBEAR co-directors, Dr. Paul Ferraro ( or Dr. Kent Messer (

Registration has now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please contact Maddi Valinski ( to see if there is still space.


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