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The Implications of Behavioral Economics for Public Utility Policies

December 8, 2020


Join this event live on December 8 via Youtube.

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  • An overview of this event is forthcoming.

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    Hanan Jacoby (Speaker)

    Lead Economist

    Hanan Jacoby is a Lead Economist in the Sustainability and Infrastructure Team of the Development Research Group. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1989. Before joining the Bank in 1998, he taught at the University of Rochester and also visited Princeton, Penn, and IFPRI. Mr. Jacoby has wide-ranging interests in agriculture, rural institutions, and human capital and has published articles on land tenancy, groundwater markets, rural roads, risk-coping, child nutrition and schooling, and the economics of marriage in journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. He currently serves as associate editor for Journal of Development Economics and Economic Development and Cultural Change.


    Richard Damania (Discussant)

    Chief Economist, Sustainable Development

    Richard Damania is the Chief Economist for the World Bank's Sustainable Development Practice Group. Previously, he was the Global Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice, where he led the Practice’s work on analytical, advisory, and operational engagements related to the role of water and the economy.


    Deon Filmer (Chair)

    Director of Research

    Deon Filmer is Director of the Research Group at the World Bank. He has previously served as Acting Research Manager in the Research Group, Co-Director of the World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise, and Lead Economist in the Human Development department of the Africa Region of the World Bank. He works on issues of human capital and skills, service delivery, and the impact of policies and programs to improve human development outcomes—with research spanning the areas of education, health, social protection, and poverty and inequality. He has published widely in refereed journals, including studies of the impact of demand-side programs on schooling and learning; the roles of poverty, gender, orphanhood, and disability in explaining education inequalities; and the determinants of effective service delivery.

  • The monthly Policy Research Talks showcase the latest findings of the World Bank’s research department, challenge and contribute to the institution’s intellectual climate, and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practice. These talks facilitate a dialogue between researchers and operational staff and inform World Bank operations both globally and within partner countries. Read More »