saurabh bhargava
founder and co-director

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation (2016 to 2017)
Assistant Professor of Economics
  Carnegie Mellon University 
Department of Social and Decision Sciences
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completed papers in economics

The American Economic Review, Vol. 105, No. 11, pp. 3489-3529, 2015.

Formerly circulated as "Why are Benefits Left on the Table?  Assessing the Role of Information, Complexity, 
and Stigma on Take-up with an IRS Field Experiment" (w/ Day Manoli)  

Media: Bloomberg, Vox, NPR  

(w/ George Loewenstein and Justin Sydnor)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, Second Revision Requested.  

        Formerly circulated as "Do Individuals Make Sensible Health Insurance Decisions?  Evidence from a Menu with Dominated                     Options" NBER Working Paper No. 21160, 2015. [PDF]

(w/ Vikram Pathania)
American Economic Journal:  Economic PolicyVol. 5, No. 3, pp. 92-125, 2013.

Media: New York Times, BBC News, Bloomberg, Daily Mail, NPR, Politico, CBS Radio, Chicago Tribune, SF Chronicle, 
Marginal Revolution, Freakonomics

(w/Ray Fisman)
The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 96, No. 3, pp. 444-457, July 2014.

Media: Marginal Revolution

(w/ George Loewenstein)
Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 314, No. 23, pp. 2505-2506, 2015.

(w/ George Loewenstein)
American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings, Vol. 105, No. 5, pp. 396-401, 2015.

(w/ George Loewenstein and Shlomo Benartzi)
Behavioral Science & Policy, Forthcoming.

        Media: Salon

(w/George Loewenstein)
NEJM Catalyst, Patient Engagement, published online on August 23rd, 2016.

9.  Policy Applications of Behavioral Insights to Household Financial Decision-Making 
(w/ Brigitte Madrian, Hal Herschfield, Abby Sussman, Scott Huettel, Julian Jamison, Eric Johnson, Stephen Meier, 
Scott Rick, Suzanne Shu)
Behavioral Science & Policy, Forthcoming.

10. Behavioral Insights for Health Care Policy 
(w/ George Loewenstein, Janet Schwartz, Keith Ericson, Judd B. Kessler, David Hagmann, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Thomas D’Aunno, Ben Handel, Jonathan Kolstad, David Nussbaum, Victoria Shaffer, Jonathan Skinner, Peter Ubel, Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
Behavioral Science & Policy, Revision Requested.

(w/ Mark Patterson and George Loewenstein)
Under Review

completed papers in psychology

(w/ Karim S. Kassam and George Loewenstein)
Psychological Science, Vol. 25, Issue 1, January 2014.

Media: New York Magazine, The New Scientist

13. Bored in the USA: Experience Sampling and Boredom in Everyday Life
(w/ Alycia Chin, Amanda Markey, Karim S. Kassam, and George Loewenstein)
Emotion, Forthcoming.

14. Gender Differences in Experienced Love 
(w/ Karim S. Kassam, George Loewenstein, and Carey Morewedge)
Psychological Science, Revision Requested. 

15. New Evidence on the Hedonic and Time-Use Consequences of Parenthood (w/ Karim S. Kassam, Carey 
Morewedge, and George Loewenstein) 
Under Review

selected projects-in-progress

1. Do Insurance Incentives Matter?  Exploring the Effects of Incentives, Salience, and Feedback with a Field Experiment on Auto-Insurance in South Africa (w/ Alison Buttenheim and George Loewenstein)

2. Does the Size of the Black-White Wage Gap Depend on Who's Asking? (w/ Dan Black and Jeffrey Grogger)   [Abstract]

3. The Economic and Psychological Determinants—and Deterrents—of Tax Compliance: An IRS Field Experiment 
with Paid Tax Preparer   [Abstract]

4. Financial Anxiety and Food Choice (w/ Vikram Pathania, and Lynn Conell-Price)

5. Information, Incentives, and Impulsivity in Food Choice: Evidence from a Field Experiment of Online Food Purchases
(w/ Vikram Pathania, and Lynn Conell-Price)

6. (Under) Confidence and Goal Choice in the Labor Market (w/ George Loewenstein)

7. Psychological Cues in Wage Expectation: Evidence from Micro-Data and a Field Experiment on Job Search
(w/ Tanya Menon)

8. Information, Choice Context, and Defaults in Low Income Savings Decisions: Evidence from a Field Experiment of
Tax-Time Savings   [Abstract]

9. "Law and Order: Sequential Contrast Effects in Judicial Decisions"   [Abstract]