The 2020 Election’s Voter Contact Onslaught: A Real Life “Make A Plan” Experiment

Ethan Lowens HLS ’21 In college, I registered to vote in Pennsylvania.  Although I haven’t lived or voted there in years, in the weeks leading up to Election Day 2020 I was subject to a staggering barrage of texts and calls—at least ten a day—reminding me to vote in Pennsylvania.  On any given day, I […]

Grasping the Power of Prevention

Dr. Laura Karas More than 126,000 people in the United States have died as a result of COVID-19 infection – a tragic and devastating toll.  But amidst the tragedy, we must seek the silver lining.  The COVID-19 pandemic has put public health in the spotlight and has altered fundamentally the way Americans and people across […]

Face Masks, Inequities, and Constraints on Liberty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Laura Karas J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School As of May 6, 2020, pursuant to an Executive Order, Massachusetts has required use of face masks in public, joining over three dozen other states that had already issued (or have since issued) a similar mandate.  The Order imposes a civil fine of up to $300 per […]

Fake News and Failed Replications

Dr. Nathan Hodson Behavioral economics challenges everything we think we know about human nature.  Its gnostic seduction powerfully alters our perspective on poverty, democracy, and even truth itself.  But in this post, I suggest that we need to tie ourselves to the mast of good science to resist the siren song of exciting one-off findings.

Learning from Our Mistakes: Coronavirus, Behavioral Biases, and Climate Change

Matthew Summers J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School Founder, HLS Antitrust Association I have a confession. Despite all the market failures vexing the world, a small part of me has held out hope that markets will solve our hardest problems when the time comes.  Take climate change, for example.  I’ve assumed that when the consequences of […]