Syon Bhanot

Associate Professor, Economics, Swarthmore College

Syon Bhanot is a behavioral and public economist, and an Associate Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College. His research centers on field experiments that use behavioral science concepts to influence decision-making, with a focus on pro-social behavior and various issues related to public policy, development, and poverty. He has worked with a variety of partners in the US and abroad including the City of Philadelphia, the World Bank, and the US Agency for International Development. Bhanot’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals across the social sciences, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. He is a frequent commentator on behavioral science topics in the media as well, with regular appearances in the New York Times, NPR, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bhanot is also a Research Affiliate at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, a Senior Researcher at the Applied Cooperation Team (ACT) at MIT, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative. He was Vice President of Behavioral and Experimental Economists of the Mid-Atlantic (BEEMA) from 2019-2020. Bhanot is also an award-winning teacher, having taught courses at Harvard, Brown, and Northeastern, among others.