We use behavioral insights to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean

Who We Are

The Behavioral Economics Group is a specialized interdepartmental working group with a focus on leveraging behavioral insights to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB’s Research Department (RES) oversees the activities of the Group, coordinating efforts across the Bank’s departments and member countries.

Group members:

Research Department

CARLOS SCARTASCINI

Head IDB Behavioral Economics Group

ANA MARÍA ROJAS MÉNDEZ

Senior Behavioral Economics Fellow

DÉBORAH MARTÍNEZ

Senior Behavioral Economics Fellow

Social Sector

FLORENCIA LÓPEZ BOO

Leader Behavioral Economics - Social

MONSERRAT BUSTELO

Senior Specialist, Gender and Diversity Division – Social

GREGORY ELACQUA

Senior Economist, Education Division – Social

MARIANO BOSCH

Senior Specialist, Labor Markets and Social Security Division – Social

Institutions for Development

PHILIP KEEFER

Leader Behavioral Economics - IFD

SIMEON SCHAECHTELE

Visiting Scholar - IFD

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector

ALLEN BLACKMAN

Leader Behavioral Economics - CSD

Infrastructure and Energy Sector

TOMÁS SEREBRISKY

Leader Behavioral Economics - INE

MARIA EUGENIA SANIN

Associate Member - INE

Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness IDB Invest

SEBASTIÁN GALLEGOS

Visiting Scholar

PATRICIA YANEZ

Economist – Development Effectiveness Division

IRANI ARRAIZ

Economist - Development Effectiveness Officer

Knowledge, Innovation and Communications

PABLO BACHELET

Communications Principalpal Specialist - KIC

FERNANDA CAMERA

Learning & Knoledge Sr. Specialist - KIC

Dissemination Technology

TOM SARRAZIN

Communications Specialist - Research Department

SEBASTIAN OLIVA

Technology - Research Department

 

Contributors

NINA RAPOPORT

 

Nina Rapoport holds a Master's in Behavioral Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is passionate about applying behavioral insights to public policy. Her research interests include participative pricing and charitable giving.

 

NICOLAS AJZENMAN

Nicolas Ajzenman holds a PhD in Economics (Sciences Po, France) and a Masters’ degree in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, a Masters' degree in Economics from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina), and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). He has published in peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of Law and Economics and Health Economics, as well as technical reports an case studies (HKS).