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CEGA Initiative - Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative

Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative

Motivation

The Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) is a coordinated program of research, launched in 2013 with support from the Hewlett Foundation, to improve reproductive health decision-making and outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.  Although significant structural barriers to high-quality reproductive health services still persist in most developing countries, individuals often face additional behavioral barriers that affect take-up. These can include universal individual-level biases such as habits or present bias as well as biases among health care providers and social norms. BERI provides funding for affiliated economists, psychologists, and public health researchers to partner with governments and NGOs to test interventions designed to improve reproductive health decision-making. To date, BERI has funded seven studies in seven countries on topics including soft skills, goal-setting, and social incentives.

Activities

To achieve our aim of advancing policy-relevant behavioral science for improved health in developing countries, CEGA actively encourages research that integrates psychology and economics. To facilitate this, BERI provides catalytic funding for affiliated researchers and implementing partners to conduct rigorous impact evaluations of programs that test behavioral interventions for improved health in developing countries. Dedicated CEGA staff synthesize research findings and develop partnerships with decision-makers to ensure that policies are informed by evidence and that effective programs are promoted and scaled.

Partners
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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BERI Research

Health & Psychology

Delaying Pregnancy Among Youth (ELA)


Manisha Shah
Health & Psychology

Social Incentives for Child Immunization & Pregnancy Care


Anne Karing
Health & Psychology

Pre-commitment Devices and Delivery Facility Choice


Margaret McConnell
Health & Psychology

Empowering young women: a mixed methods approach


Craig McIntosh
Health & Psychology

Maternal Mortality Risk and the Gender Gap in Desired Fertility


Nava Ashraf
Health & Psychology

Understanding Barriers to Uptake of LARC


Nancy Padian
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BERI Resources

Health & Psychology

BERI Meeting Report


Event Collateral   |   Health & Psychology
Health & Psychology

A Review of Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health


Research Publications   |   Health & Psychology
Health & Psychology

Left-Digit Bias and Inattention in Retail Purchases: Evidence from a Field Experiment


Research Publications   |   Health & Psychology
Health & Psychology

The Short-Term Impacts of a Schooling Conditional Cash Transfer Program on the Sexual Behavior of Young Women


Research Publications   |   Health & Psychology
Health & Psychology

Measuring The Impact Of Cash Transfers And Behavioral ‘Nudges’ On Maternity Care In Nairobi, Kenya


Research Publications   |   Health & Psychology
Health & Psychology

Precommitment, Cash Transfers, and Timely Arrival for Birth: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Nairobi Kenya


Research Publications   |   Health & Psychology
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