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World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior


The Report

Overview: English (Audio) | Español | Français | عربي | Русский | português | 中文

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Part I

Part 1: An expanded understanding of human behavior for economic development: A conceptualframework

Chapter 1: Thinking automatically | Audio

Chapter 2: Thinking socially | Audio

Spotlight 1: When corruption is the norm | Audio

Chapter 3: Thinking with mental models | Audio

Spotlight 2: Entertainment education | Audio


Part II

Part 2: Psychological and social perspectives on policy

Chapter 4: Poverty | Audio

Spotlight 3: How well do we understand the contexts of poverty? | Audio

Chapter 5: Early childhood development | Audio

Chapter 6: Household finance | Audio

Chapter 7: Productivity | Audio

Spotlight 4: Using ethnography to understand the workplace | Audio

Chapter 8: Health | Audio

Chapter 9: Climate change | Audio

Spotlight 5: Promoting water conservation in Colombia | Audio


Part III

Part 3: Improving the work of development professionals

Chapter 10: The biases of development professionals | Audio

Chapter 11: Adaptive design, adaptive interventions | Audio

Spotlight 6: Why should governments shape individual choices? | Audio

Savings increased by 82% in the Philippines when individuals were encouraged to use products that committed them to savings goals and not easily renege
Open defecation dropped by 11% in Indian villages that participated in a Community-Led Total Sanitation program
In India, defaults on group microfinance loans were 3 times less likely when borrowers met on a weekly (compared to monthly) basis
In Kenya, weekly text messages raised the rate of HIV drug adherence from 40% up to 53%
WDR Team
Lead Economist
Head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist