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Selected Coverage of OES

Behavioral Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future
Public Administration Review, December 2019

How Federal Agencies Have Used Rigorous Policy Pilots to Learn
The Regulatory Review, December 2019

Why Agencies Need to Tap the Revolutionary Potential of Behavioral Science
GovExec, October 2019

Government steps out on ‘nudges’
FCW, September 2019

After Federal Officials Sent Letters to Over-Prescribing Docs, Prescriptions Fell and Patient Safety Rose
GovExec, August 2019

J-PAL North America’s US Health Care Delivery Initiative: Six reflections after six years
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, August 2019

Using Descriptive Social Norms To Improve Immunization Compliance
Science Trends, July 2019

Nudging for good: Using behavioral science to improve government outcomes
Deloitte Insights, June 2019

Think Government Can’t Do Anything Quicky and Cheaply? Think Again
GovExec, June 2019

Can ‘Nudge’ Letters Cut Overprescribing of Psych Meds? - Peer comparison and threat of review can change prescribing behavior, but approach has some drawbacks
MedPage Today, June 2019

How psychology can help us understand — and fight — poverty
Cross Cut, May 2019

Inside the world’s What Works teams
What Works, January 2019

GSA’s Office of Evaluation Sciences Partners with Agency Partners to Increase Vaccination Uptake
Immunization Economics, November 2018

Hereʼs a Cheap Way to Fight Drug Misuse: Send Doctors a Sharp Letter
The New York Times, September 2018

Social Science? Data Science? Evidence-Based Government Needs Both
GovExec, September 2018

Telling doctors their patient died from overdose could prevent some opioid abuse
The Washington Post, August 2018

Office of Evaluation Sciences Teams Up With CMS, Academic Researchers to Address Overprescribing of Prescription Drugs
GSA Blog, August 2018

The Effect of Informative Letters on the Prescription and Receipt of Seroquel in the United States
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, August 2018

GSA office tasked with data-based solutions is growing up
FedScoop, January 2018

This new initiative is trying to make scientific research more reliable
The Washington Post, June 2017

How A Simple Fix For Medicare Prescribing Problems Got Complicated
NPR, February 2017

IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty
The Associated Press, January 2017

Shipping in Government: 5 Things We Learned from Vote.USA.Gov
Presidential Innovation Fellows Foundation, January 2016

Academic Publications

Jacob Goldin, Tatiana Homonoff, and William Tucker-Ray. “Retirement contribution rate nudges and plan participation: evidence from a field experiment,” American Economic Review 107, no. 5 (2017): 456-461.

Jake Bowers, Nathaniel Higgins, Dean Karlan, Sarah Tulman, and Jonathan Zinman. “Challenges to replication and iteration in field experiments: evidence from two direct mail shots,” American Economic Review 107, no. 5: (2017): 462-465.

Adam Sacarny, David Yokum, and Shantanu Agrawal. “Government-academic partnerships in randomized evaluations: the case of inappropriate prescribing,” American Economic Review 107, no. 5, (2017): 466-470.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. USDA Microloans for Farmers: Participation Patterns and Effects of Outreach, by Sarah Tulman, Nathaniel Higgins, Robert Williams, Michael Gerling, Charles Dodson, and Bruce McWilliams. Economic Research Report No. (ERR-222). Washington DC: USDA, 2016. (accessed May 16, 2019)

John Guyton, Dayanand S. Manoli, Brenda Scafer, and Michael Sebastiani. “Reminders & recidivism: evidence from tax filing & EITC participation among low-income nonfilers,” National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. NBER Working Paper no. 21904, (2016)

Adam Sacarny, David Yokum, Amy Finkelstein, and Shantanu Arawal. “Medicare letters to curb overprescribing of controlled substances had no detectable effect on providers.” Health Affairs 35 no. 3 (2017): 471-479.

Adam Sacarny, Michael L. Barnett, and Jackson Le. “Effect of peer comparison letters for high-volume primary care prescribers of quetiapine in older and disabled adults: a randomized clinical trial.” JAMA Psychiatry 75 no. 10 (October 2018): 1003-1011.

David Yokum, Julie C. Lauffenburger, Roya Ghazinouri, and Niteesh K. Choudhry. “Letters designed with behavioural science increase influenza vaccination in Medicare beneficiaries.” Nature Human Behaviour 2 (2018): 743–749

Adam Sacarny, Michael L. Barnett, and Shantanu Agrawal. “New Evidence on Stemming Low-Value Prescribing.” NEJM Catalyst, April 10, 2019,

Amira Choueiki. “Behavioral insights for better implementation in government.” Public Administration Review 76, no. 4 (June 2016).

Noule Chen, Pompa Debroy, Stacy Hall, and Quan Le. “Postcards-increasing vaccination rates among elderly: U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences and LDH Immunization Program.” Louisiana Morbidity Report 30 no. 2 (April 2019): 3-7

Jessica Leight and Elana Safran. “Increasing immunization compliance among schools and day care centers: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Behavioral Public Administration 2, no. 2 (2019)

Adam Sacarny, Andrew R. Olenski, and Michael L. Barnett. “Association of Quetiapine Overuse Letters With Prescribing by Physician Peers of Targeted Recipients: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Psychiatry, June 4, 2019,

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