Conference Agenda


Thursday, 25 June 2015




Welcome and Introductions


Guest of Honor Address: Mr. Peter Ong, Head of Civil Service & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Singapore


Keynote I: Behavioral Economics and Human Development

Dr. Nava Ashraf, Harvard Business School


Coffee Break


Panel I - Choice Architecture For Personal and Public Health


Moderator: Dr. Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

  • Food Choice For Inconsistent Consumers: Experiments in a Food Desert

Dr. Anya Samek University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Using Sensory and Cognitive Influences to Improve the Way We Eat

Dr. Ciaran Gerard Forde A*STAR/NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

  • Incentivizing Physical Activity: Evidence From Singapore

Dr. Marcel Bilger Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

  • Mr. Zee Yoong Kang, Chief Executive Officer, Health Promotion Board

  • Mr. Darryn Lifson, Head of Wellness, AIA Vitality





Panel II - Energy, Environment and Public Services


Moderator: Prof. John Ham, NUS Department of Economics

  • Information Experiments at the Pump: Brazil’s Bi-fuel Vehicle Motorists

Dr. Alberto Salvo, NUS Department of Economics

  • Applying Behavioral Insights to Energy and the Environment in Government

Dr. Rory Gallagher, UK Behavioral Insights Team


Discussion: Mr. Yeo Yek Seng Deputy Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority, Singapore


Panel III - Measuring and Predicting Biases: Innovations and Implications


Moderator: Dr. Daniel Lim, Associate Consultant-Government Analytics, Infocomm Development Authority

  • The Fourth Law of Behavior - Genetics

Dr. Daniel Benjamin, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California

  • Stress And Competition

Dr. Zhong Songfa, NUS Department of Economics

  • Designing and Using New Psychometric Diagnostic Tools

Dr. Joanne Yoong Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California / NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health


Discussion: Dr. Tai E-Shyong Head & Senior Consultant- Endocrinology, National University Hospital


Coffee Break


Translating Behavioral Economics Into Policy - Working Across Domains
Presentation: The World Development Report 2015: “ Mind Society and Behavior”
Varun Gauri, World Bank

  • Mr. Donald Low, NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Dr. Nava Ashraf, Harvard Business School


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Friday, 26 June 2015




Keynote II: Behavioral Economics and Healthcare Management
Prof. Kevin Volpp, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Panel IV – Building Better Health Services and Systems


Moderator: Prof. Bert Vrijhoef, Professor, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

  • Patient Centered Health Services in the Light of Prospect Theory

Prof. Phillip Phan, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

  • Applying Behavioral Insights in the UK and Australian Health Systems

Dr. Rory Gallagher, UK Behavioral Insights Team

  • Mr. Liak Teng Lit, Group Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Health System, Singapore

  • Mr. Matthew Coghlan, Regional Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union)



Coffee Break


Panel V – Saving and Investing


Moderator:    Prof. Joseph Cherian, NUS Business School

  • Trust and Financial Decision-Making

Dr. Angela Hung, Center for Financial and Economic Decision-making, RAND

  • First Impressions Matter:  An Experimental Investigation of Online Financial Advice

​           Dr. Julie Agnew, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary 

  • Individual Loss Aversion And Implications for Saving and Investing

Dr. Suzanne Shu, UCLA Anderson School of Management

  • Dr. Yip Chun Seng, Principal Economist (Fiscal Policy), Ministry of Finance, Singapore

  • Dr. Owi Ruivivar, Managing Director- Fixed Income Emerging Markets Debt, Goldman Sachs Asset Management





Panel VI - Supporting Aging and Retirement Security


Moderator: Prof. Benedict Koh, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

  • Behavioral Finance and Pension Payouts

Prof. Olivia Mitchell, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • The Age of Decision: Pension Savings Withdrawals and Consumer Responses

Dr. Wenlan Qian, Department of Finance, NUS Business School

  • The Health and Wealth Impact of Different Non-Contributory Pension Plans

Prof. Arie Kapteyn, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California

  • Mr. David Kneebone, General Manager, Hong Kong Investor Education Centre 


Coffee Break


Keynote III: Behavioral Economics, Retirement Savings, and Public Policy:  New Directions and Implications
Prof. David Laibson, Department of Economics, Harvard University


Behavioral Economics And Big Data - Next Steps for Policy, Practice and Research

  Presentation: Integrating Data Analytics With Behavioral Insights
  • Dr. Daniel Lim Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

  • Mr. Donald Low NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Prof. Arie Kapteyn Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California



Closing Remarks: Dr. Thia Jang Ping, Director, Transformation Office and Security and Resilience Programme Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Singapore


End of Conference