The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce a new core program, Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context, which merges its long-standing program on Behavioral Economics and its special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context. The new program encourages perspectives from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, political science, sociology, law, public policy, and other social sciences, to further our understanding of economic, social, political, and psychological decision-making processes, attitudes, behaviors, and institutional practices in public and private contexts such as policing/criminal legal systems, employment, housing, politics, racial/ethnic relations, and immigration.

Research in this area is expanding rapidly. RSF is open to a range of questions consistent with its mission to “improve social and living conditions in the United States” and the funding priorities of its other core programs on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Future of Work.

The kinds of topics that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: Biases and Misperceptions; Institutions, Policies, Social Structures, and Networks; Motivations, Incentives, and Choice Architecture; Habits, Time Preferences, Mental Bandwidth, and Behavior Change; and Affect and Emotions.