Competition for Research on Smart Disclosure

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Just an alert to interested people (especially grad students, current or newly minted) of a competition for proposals for research into smart disclosure. What is smart disclosure?

“Smart Disclosure” policies help consumer markets work more competitively by providing decision-makers with convenient, computable, and cogent data–both about products or services and also about personal use patterns or histories.

The Sloan Foundation has put up $15,000 at Innocentive for proposals to explore the impact of these policies.

We are soliciting research designs and demonstration ideas for studying the costs and benefits of “choice engines” that use smartly disclosed data.  Such techniques are already beginning to be used to aid consumers with complex decisions about health, education, personal finance, energy, transportation, and telecommunications services, for example.

The proposals are no more than 5 pages. There’ll be at least one getting $5,000 so that it is quite a healthy rate of return. And of course, winning proposals have the opportunity to apply for funds to actually carry their proposed research out. Just check out Innocentive for more details.

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