October 30, 2019
From October 17 to October 20 three members of CDS, Kellen Mrkva, Atonia Krefeld-Schwalb, and Byung Cheol Lee, traveled to Atlanta to attend the 2019 Association for Consumer Research Conference (ACR). All three organized special sessions around their research.
April 16, 2019
Defaults are one of applied behavioral science’s biggest success stories. Despite, or perhaps because of, the widespread use and success of defaults, a few important questions have remained in the background: How have defaults been implemented? Does it matter how they are implemented? This was the aim of a recent meta-analysis of all prior default studies conductd by the Center for Decision Sciences, which we recently published in Behavioural Public Policy (authors Jon Jachimowicz, Shannon Duncan, Elke Weber and Eric Johnson).
October 29, 2018
The number 1 rule for long-term individual investors picking funds used to be simple: look for low fees, also known as low expense ratios. Investors do get rewards from low fees; but they should also watch out for higher, hidden fees in the same funds, as well as strategies that lure investors into higher-priced products or into paying more for advice. Instead of asking about low fees alone, ask what you are paying over 10 years, including all fees. "What is the cost, all in, for 10 years?" said Eric Johnson, Director of the Center for Decision Sciences.
February 8, 2018
Columbia University’s Center for Decision Sciences Gives Retailers Valuable Insights into What Drives Consumer Spending Habits
CDS director Eric Johnson talks with Deal Crunch about the research that the center does on consumer decisions.
January 18, 2018
The mystery of the missing airfare
CDS director Eric Johnson discusses bait-and-switch airline fares.
May 3, 2017
Can we design a better fuel economy label?
Transportation contributes approximately 26 percent to greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, governments around the world are looking for ways to increase consumers’ use of fuel-efficient vehicles. One of the most straightforward ways to provide this information is in the form of labels.
In the United States, the so-called Monroney sticker – named after an Oklahoma senator who sponsored a law to disclose more vehicle information to consumers – is the label required to be displayed in all new automobiles, which describes various fuel economy metrics.
April 25, 2017
More than 1.5 billion people live in extreme poverty worldwide, and even in the relatively wealthy US, 14 per cent live below the poverty line. People in poverty make more “myopic” or short-term decisions rather than forward-looking decisions that could improve their situations.
March 17, 2017
How Trump’s budget proposals could impact millions of women
Do cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget hurt women more than men? Advocates for women’s issues say yes.
Trump released a “blueprint” for the country’s 2018 budget on Thursday, which includes large increases in defense spending and immigration enforcement and cuts to programs including the Labor Department’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, and cuts in funding for National Historic Sites and the Department of Housing and Urban Development affordable housing programs.
March 16, 2017
Two business-school professors discovered how to make both red and blue Americans care about Trump’s drastic budget cuts
Professors Eric Johnson and Elke Weber of the Center for Decision Sciences show how the way that tradeoffs between benefits and costs of budget cuts are presented can drastically impact people's opinions on public policy. More specifically, when tradeoffs are framed in terms of understandable, personal, and concrete numbers, people disagree less.
February 21, 2017
Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question?
What color is your house?
After reading that question, what were you thinking about? The obvious answer is the color of your house. Though this exercise may seem ordinary, it has profound implications. The question momentarily hijacked your thought process and focused it entirely on your house or apartment. You didn’t consciously tell your brain to think about that; it just did so automatically.
Questions are powerful. Not only does hearing a question affect what our brains do in that instant, it can also shape our future behavior.