Final Deadline Extension:
TFI-SABE 2020 Call for Impact Essay Prize – Deadline For Submissions Extended one last time until April 16, 2021.

Dear SABE members,

SABE-President Shabnam Mousavi would like to draw your attention to the second round of our Student Impact Essay Award. Please find information about submission below. Please share with colleagues and encourage students to apply.


  • Eligible: Students whose research has implication for making the world a safer place by improving financial decision-making skills of people.
  • Requirement: Submission of a 1000-1200 words essay by the deadline: April 16, 2021.
  • Prize: 1st place= 1000 Euro, 2nd place= 500 Euro. (See 2019 winners and their essays)
  • Other: Publication of research and interview by TFI. (See interviews from 2019)


In line with the mission and vision of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) and in collaboration with the Think Forward Initiative (TFI) a student essay award is initiated to promote the engagement of advanced students in societal enhancement activities, and to disseminate their relevant research at its early stages to the society. This SABE-TFI award intends to encourage junior researchers to write a short IMPACT ESSAY of 1,000-1,200 words based on their academic research that is accessible to general public, and to help them promote their work beyond academia.

What is the TFI? TFI is a multidisciplinary and open initiative that promotes impact-driven and interdisciplinary research and practical solutions with the ambitious goal of empowering more than 100 million people to make better financial decisions that improve their financial health and well-being. TFI is supported by a purpose-driven partnership between ING, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Deloitte, Amazon Web Services, and Dell Technologies.


  • Focus on the potential and practical implications of your academic research. Your essay should be relevant to the TFI’s research objective, which is to better understand how people make financial decisions and how they could make better ones to improve their wellbeing.
  • Highlight one of these two potentials of your research results: (1) those that inspire behavioral change in individuals or households in any area that could improve people’s financial decision-making and well-being, or (2) those that benefit or influence society by fostering effective interventions, evidence-based policy making, and social or economic innovation.
  • Your essay should read like a research-evidence-based contribution to the broad policy or practitioners debate on some issue. It should not read like a technical summary of the research papers. The level of rigor would be above a newspaper opinion piece but much more accessible than an academic journal article.
  • The research paper(s) the essay is based on need not be single author paper(s).


  • Submit your essay to with “Subject: SABE-TFI 2020 Impact Essay Submission”
  • A committee of SABE and TFI members will evaluate submitted essays.
  • Announcement of winners: May 19, 2021. The award-giving ceremony will take place at the IAREP/SABE conference in Kristiansand.
  • Winners’ essays will be published and promoted by TFI and the authors will be provided editing support for such publication.
  • A short interview with the winners will be also conducted and propagated by TFI.

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