Research Projects

The core of the research at DBEL is based on identifying and characterizing individual and household preferences and perceptions, such as risk attitudes and time preferences, and beliefs about various risks. These characteristics are used to explain the heterogeneity in responses to many important risky decisions. Recent applications include preferences and perceptions relating to the management of wild fire risk, and to drivers’ decisions in traffic congestion. Several new projects apply this methodology to important choices facing poor households, both in the US and abroad (Pakistan, South Africa, and Zimbabwe), such as ante-natal care and preschool choices. In addition to including researchers from a variety of Universities on our teams, we collaborate with many global institutional partners: