Saurabh Bhargava
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Associate Professor of Economics
                                                           Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
Academic Affiliate, J-PAL

        Founder and Co-Director 
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Research 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  

Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 132, Issue 3, pp. 1319-1372, 2017. 
(w/ George Loewenstein and Justin Sydnor)

         Formerly circulated as "Do Individuals Make Sensible Health Insurance Decisions?  Evidence from a Menu with Dominated                           Options" NBER Working Paper No. 21160, 2015. [PDF]
         Honors: One of six finalists for the NIHCM Foundation’s Annual Health Care Research Award, presented annually in recognition                of research that furthers innovation in health care policy (June 2018).

         Won the inaugural BSPA Best Publication Award presented annually in recognition of research that advances the application of 
         behavioral science to policy (May 2018).
American Economic Journal: Economic PolicyVol. 5, No. 3, pp. 92-125, 2013.
(w/ Vikram Pathania)

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

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

Media: Marginal Revolution

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)

Behavioral Science & Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 1-12, 2017.
(w/ George Loewenstein and Shlomo Benartzi)
          Media: Wall Street Journal, Salon

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

Behavioral Science & Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 27-40, 2017.
(w/ Brigitte Madrian, Hal Herschfield, Abby Sussman, Jeremy Burke, Scott Huettel, Julian Jamison, Eric Johnson, Stephen Meier, 
Scott Rick, and Suzanne Shu)

Behavioral Science & Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 53-66, 2017.
(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, and Brian Zikmund-Fisher)

Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 15-26, 2017.
(w/ Mark Patterson and George Loewenstein)

12. Save(d) by Design  [Working Paper - Draft Forthcoming]
(w/ Lynn Conell-Price, Rick Mason, Shlomo Benartzi)

13. Serenity Now, Save Later  [Working Paper - Draft Forthcoming]
(w/ Lynn Conell-Price)

Research in Psychology

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

Media: New York Magazine, The New Scientist

Emotion, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 359-368, 2017.
(w/ Alycia Chin, Amanda Markey, Karim S. Kassam, and George Loewenstein)

16. Gender Differences in Experienced Love 
Psychological Science, Reject & Resubmit. 
(w/ Karim S. Kassam, George Loewenstein, and Carey Morewedge)

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

Select Projects In-Progress

1. “A New Measure of Media Bias and Strategic Coverage of Elections”

2. “Just the Facts, Please! Affect and Motivated Belief in the 2016 Presidential Election” (w/ Karna Basu)

3. “Insurance Complexity: Exploring the Effects of Incentives, Salience, and Feedback with a Field Experiment on Auto-Insurance in South Africa” (w/ Alison Buttenheim and George Loewenstein)

4. Untitled Project Examining Beliefs, Risk-Taking and the Selection of Goals in an Employer Rewards Program (w/ Timothy Hyde and George Loewenstein)

5. “Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? Field Evidence on Psychological Frictions in Unemployed Job Search” (w/ Lynn Conell-Price)

6. “Does the Size of the Black-White Wage Gap Depend on Who’s Asking?  Evidence from the NLSY97” (w/ Dan Black and Jeffrey Grogger)

7. “The Economic and Psychological Determinants—and Deterrents—of Tax Compliance:  An IRS Field Experiment with Paid Tax Preparers and EITC Filers”

8. “The Psychological and Economic Determinants of Wage:  Evidence from a Field Experiment on an Online Job Search Site” (w/ Tanya Menon)

9. “Weather, Well-Being, and Hedonic Adaptation” (with Mark Patterson)