Aamia Malik '18, Chanoot Sirisoponsilp '19, Chase Williamson '19, & Jacky Ye '19
The Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative (PBSI) is a collaborative effort between local academics from Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University and the City of Philadelphia to leverage insights from behavioral science to promote social welfare and create data driven policy initiatives. As policy fellows, we worked closely with the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Policy Office and several academics to develop policy surrounding issues such as litter, summer job attendance, and bike share rentals.
The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, is a research and advisory organization that applies behavioral economics in the pursuit of poverty alleviation in developing countries. As Associate Interns, we supported a broad portfolio of projects to support outcomes in well-being, nutrition, and personal finance. During the 10 weeks, we developed multiple proposals for studies and product development to address malnutrition, female empowerment, and health-seeking behaviors. We analyzed some of the results of a social policy experiment, helped implement a series of experiments to explore the effectiveness of social sensing in predicting various outcomes, and assisted with a mobile lab experiment in the field on individual-level ethnic preferences. The Swarthmore Foundation funded four undergraduate students to work full time on these projects for one summer under the guidance of Professor Syon Bhanot (Economics).