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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (11): 1953-1960.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01953

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Nudging in field interventions of anti-poverty based on randomized controlled trials

XU Fu-ming1, HUANG Long2,3(), ZHANG Hui4()   

  1. 1School of Education Science, Nanning Normal University, Nanning 530299, China
    2School of Humanities and Management, Wannan Medical College, Wuhu 341002, China
    3School of Psychology, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China
    4School of Sociology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
  • Received:2019-11-19 Online:2020-11-15 Published:2020-09-23
  • Contact: HUANG Long,ZHANG Hui;


The eradication of poverty is a top priority for developing countries and the most important goal of the Millennium Development Goals all over the world. Behavioral economists and development economists are employing the randomized control trials and nudge techniques to help the poor get rid of poverty within the globe. The current nudge action that uses randomized control experiments to help poor people overcome behavioral deviations is mainly manifested in helping poor people improve their current material conditions and enhance future security. The research and practice of random control experiments and nudging technologies in China have also effectively helped poor farmers improve their physical and mental health, and economic income. In the future, it is necessary to strengthen the research on the external validity test of randomized control experiments and nudging techniques, the similarities and differences among them, and combine with the endogenous power of poverty alleviation to formulate more simple, efficient, and strict poverty alleviation policies and projects.

Key words: poverty, nudge, randomized control trials, behavioral development economics

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