Title: Behavioral Economics at The Federal Reserve
While application of behavioral economics to individual decision making, such as helping people save for retirement and taking the flu shot is well known, it is less clear how behavioral economics can help policy at the Federal Reserve. In this talk Anat Bracha, a senior and a behavioral economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will talk about her research and experience at the Fed, and how her research helps inform policy. She will cover research on credit scores, negative interest rates, inattention, and the gig economy.
Anat Bracha is a senior economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department. In her research, she incorporates psychological motives into standard economic models of decision-making under risk, and she examines the role of image- and status-related motives in prosocial behavior. Anat earned her PhD in economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the Boston Fed in 2009, she was an assistant professor at Tel Aviv University and a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.