Policies meant to improve public health – like mandatory face masks during the coronavirus pandemic – need to take into account how people might adjust other behaviors in response.
July 20, 2020 • ~6 min
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Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown
Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
April 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.
March 11, 2020 • ~6 min
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