Research, Etc.


Behavioral Public Policy in a Global Context: Practical Lessons from Outside the Nudge Unit. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. [Co-edited with Michael Sanders and Shibeal O’Flaherty] (Link)

Published Papers (grouped by year)

2024 & Forthcoming

O’ Flaherty, S., Martin, L., Bhanot, S., Hall, C., Jilke, S., Simko, T., and Steffel, M. Lessons Learned from Applying Behavioral Science in the U.S. Federal Government: Advice for Effective Collaborations Between Behavioral Scientists and Policymakers. Behavioral Science & Policy. *Forthcoming*

Bhanot, S.P. Politicians as Persuaders: A Field Experiment on Messenger Effects and Social Program Uptake. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. *Forthcoming*


[Book Chapter] Bhanot, S.P., Chainani, A., and Schwarz, S. Putting Behavioral Science to Work in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection: The Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative. In: Sanders, M., Bhanot, S., O’ Flaherty, S. (eds) Behavioral Public Policy in a Global Context. Palgrave Macmillan. (Link)

Banko, D., Bengali, L., and S.P. Bhanot. 2023. Bringing Behavioral Economics Fully into Behavioral Public Administration. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 6(1). (Link)

Bhanot, S.P. 2023. Reshaping a Course for COVID Along 5 Dimensions: Lessons from “Behavioral Economics” at Swarthmore College. Journal of Economic Education, 54(2). (Link)


Bhanot, S.P., and S. Heller. 2022. Does Administrative Burden Deter Young People? Evidence from Summer Jobs Programs. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 5(1). (Link)

Golos, A., S.P. Bhanot, D. Hopkins, and A. Buttenheim. 2022. Partisanship, Messaging, and the COVID-19 Vaccine: Evidence from Survey Experiments. American Journal of Health Promotion. (Link)


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 Kazakhstan. Journal of Development Economics, 153. (Link; PDF)

Bhanot, S.P. 2021. Isolating the Effect of Injunctive Norms on Conservation Behavior: New Evidence from a Field Experiment in California. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 163, 30-42. (LinkPDF)

Bhanot, S.P. 2021. Good for You or Good for Us?: A Field Experiment on Motivating Citizen Behavior Change. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 4(1). (Link)


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

Bhanot, S.P., and D. Hopkins. 2020. Partisan Polarization and Resistance to Elite Messages: Results from Survey Experiments on Social Distancing. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 3(2). (Link; PDFVideo Summary (3 minutes)) (Selected Media Coverage: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bhanot, S.P., and C. Williamson. 2020. Financial Incentives and Herding: Evidence from Two Online Experiments. Southern Economic Journal, 86(4), 1559-1575. (Link; PDF; Audio Summary (5 mins))

Bhanot, S.P., D. Chang, J. Lee Cunningham, and M. Ranson. 2020. Emotions and Decisions in the Real World: What Can We Learn from Quasi-Field Experiments? PLOS ONE, 15(12). (Link; PDF)

Bayer, A., S.P. Bhanot, E. Bronchetti, and S. O’Connell. 2020. Diagnosing the Learning Environment for Diverse Students in Introductory Economics: An Analysis of Relevance, Belonging, and Growth Mindsets. AEA Papers & Proceedings, 110, 294-298. (Link)

Bhanot, S.P., and E. Linos. 2020. Behavioral Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future. Public Administration Review, 80(1), 168-171. (Link)

Arraiz, I., S.P. Bhanot, and C. Calero. 2020. When Reciprocity Backfires: Experimental Evidence from Ecuador. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, 4(1). (Link)


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 Tuberculosis. The New England Journal of Medicine, 381(10), 986-987. (Link) (Selected Media Coverage: NY Times; SciTech Daily)

Bhanot, S.P., C.A. Roberto, A. Chainani, C. Williamson, and M. den Braven. 2019. Testing Effects of Loss-Framing and Checklists: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Wellness Program Participation in Philadelphia. Journal of The Economic Science Association, 5(2), 210-222. (Link)

Bayer, A., S.P. Bhanot, and F. Lozano. 2019. Does Simple Information Provision Lead to More Diverse Classrooms?: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Undergraduate Economics. AEA Papers & Proceedings, 109, 110-114. (Link; PDF; Online Appendix)


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. (LinkPDF)

Bhanot, S.P., G. Kraft-Todd, D. Rand and E. Yoeli. 2018. Putting Social Rewards and Identity Salience to the Test: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Teachers in Philadelphia. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 1(1). (Link; PDF)


Bhanot, S.P. 2017. Cheap Promises: Evidence from Loan Repayment Pledges in an Online Experiment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 140, 226-246. (Link; PDF)

Bhanot, S.P. 2017. Rank and Response: A Field Experiment on Peer Information and Water Use Behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 62, 155-172. (LinkPDF; AudioSlides)


Kraft-Todd, G., E. Yoeli, S.P. Bhanot, and D. Rand. 2015. Promoting Cooperation in the FieldCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 3, 96-101. (LinkPDF)

Working Papers

“Public Good Messaging Motivates the Wealthy to Reduce Water Consumption” (with Gordon Kraft-Todd, David Rand, and Erez Yoeli) (Link) *Submitted*

“Easily Endowed But Not Easily Anchored: Testing Behavioral Biases at a Kenyan Market” (with Salima Bourguiba, Cedric Christensen, and Bingxin Tu) *Submitted*

“Less is More: Experimental Evidence on Heuristic-Based Business Training in Ecuador” (with Irani Arraiz and Carla Calero) 

Research in Progress

“Interactive Text Messaging for Financial Behavior Change: Evidence from Zambia” (with Justin Archer, Anu Puthenmadathil Jose, Michael King and Siegfried Zottel)

“Why Are Consumers Inattentive to Hidden Costs?” (with Leila Bengali)

Popular Press Articles and Other Publications

“You’re Stronger Than Your Quarantine Fatigue” (Link), New York Times: Op-Ed: May 5, 2020.

“How to Get People to Pitch In” (Link)
(with Gordon Kraft-Todd, David Rand, and Erez Yoeli), New York Times: Gray Matter Op-Ed: May 15, 2015.

“Motivated by the Masses: Social Information as a Policy Tool”
(with Vivien Caetano), The Harvard Kennedy School Review: p. 17-22, 2015.

Selected Blogs, Media Coverage, Etc.