EXPERIMENTAL BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS:
Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture
At the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR), we . we are conducting groundbreaking experimental research that tests how to best mitigate and adapt to climate change. Unique in what we do, CBEAR remains the only producer of behavioral research that applies to agricultural and environmental topics. Our studies specifically target farming communities with the lowest participation rates; while narrowing down which conservation practices work best for these producers. By using insights from our experiments, we work with policymakers and private institutions to make conservation programs more accessible and sustainable for all communities.
Experimental and Behavioral Research that Advances Sustainable Farming
In agriculture, sustainability means good stewardship of the natural systems and environmental resources needed to produce abundant, high-quality crops. Conservation programs are more effective if their design considers the characteristics of the target population, and the associated trade-offs between economic, environmental and social outcomes.
CBEAR is interested in developing program delivery that targets groups of farmers with relatively low conservation practice adoption. Particularly, historically underserved producers (HUPs). In order to help this type of producer, we must find out what is getting in their way of accessing conservation programs and this starts with examining the application process.
How We Do It
OUR SOLUTION-BASED RESEARCH FOCUSES ON:
Across Rows. Across Sections. Across Aisles.
We coordinate with program administrators and policy makers to incorporate behavioral insights and experimental designs into emerging and existing agri-environmental programs. By plugging directly into these programs, we identify how applications of behavioral science can be used to improve agri-environmental programs.
Sharing Research Findings
Registration is now open for our annual seminar series. Each year we offer seminars that are focused on new developments that lead to better conservation programs. Our next virtual series is scheduled for Spring 2023.
CBEAR Partners with Field to Market on $70 million Climate-Smart Grant
The Partnership will research financial mechanisms to encourage farmers to adopt climate-positive agriculture practices.