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Syon Bhanot

Associate Professor



  2. Phone: (610) 328-8369
  3. Kohlberg Hall 206
  4. Office Hours:

    Mondays 2:00pm-3:00pm on Zoom

    Fridays 1:00pm-2:00pm (Kohl 330)

Professor Bhanot is a behavioral and public economist, and an Associate Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College. His research centers on field experiments that use behavioral science concepts to influence decision-making, with a focus on pro-social behavior and various issues related to public policy, development, and poverty. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals across the social sciences, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Development Economics, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. He is a frequent commentator on behavioral science topics in the media as well, with regular appearances in the New York Times, NPR, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Professor Bhanot is also an Academic Affiliate in the U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences, a Research Affiliate at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, a Senior Researcher at the Applied Cooperation Team (ACT) at MIT, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative. He is also an award-winning teacher, having taught courses at Harvard, Brown, and Northeastern, among others.

See his personal website for more information about his research and teaching.

In his free time, Professor Bhanot is an avid golfer and enjoys playing guitar, watching sports, and spending time with his wife Susie, his daughter Leena, and his dogs, Humphrey and Lola.

Selected Recent Publications 

Bhanot, S.P., B. Crost, J. Leight, E. Mvukiyehe, and B. Yedgenov. 2021. Can Community Service Grants Foster Social and Economic Integration for Youth? A Randomized Trial in KazakhstanJournal of Development Economics, 153. (PDF)

Bhanot, S.P. 2021. Isolating the Effect of Injunctive Norms on Conservation Behavior: New Evidence from a Field Experiment in CaliforniaOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 163. (PDF)

Banker, S., S.P. Bhanot, and A. Deshpande. 2020. Poverty Identity and Preference for Challenge: Evidence from the U.S. and IndiaJournal of Economic Psychology, 76. (PDF)

Yoeli, E., J. Rathauser, S.P. Bhanot, M.K. Kimenye, E. Mailu, E. Masini, P. Owiti, and D. Rand. 2019. Digital Health Support in Treatment for TuberculosisThe New England Journal of Medicine, 381(10), 986-987. (Selected Media Coverage: NY TimesSciTech Daily)

Bhanot, S.P., J. Han and C. Jang. 2018. Workfare, Wellbeing and Consumption: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Kenya’s Urban Poor. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 149: 372-388.

Popular Press Pieces

Bhanot, S.P. May 5, 2020. You’re Stronger Than Your Quarantine FatigueNew York Times: Op-Ed.

Yoeli, E., S.P. Bhanot, G. Kraft-Todd, and D. Rand. May 15, 2015. How to Get People to Pitch In. New York Times: Gray Matter Op-Ed.