Kai Ruggeri

Kai Ruggeri

Kai Ruggeri

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Medical Center


722 W 168th Street
New York NY USA 10032
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Dr Kai Ruggeri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management. Kai joined Columbia from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, where he directed the Policy Research Group that he founded in 2013. He studies how policy influences population behavior, and how integrating behavioral evidence into policies can improve economic outcomes and population well-being. His teaching is primarily in analytics and decision-making as well as in behavioral and managerial economics. His current projects involve a number of behavioral policy studies focusing on large-scale data related to economic choices and related outcomes. Partners include local and national governments, non-profit organizations, industry, and other academic institutions, in New York, various parts of the US, and abroad. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the Judge Business School and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Kai also directs the Junior Researcher Programme, a global initiative for early career behavioral scientists.


BA, 2006, North Central College
PhD, 2009, The Queen's University, Belfast

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Ruggeri, K. (2019). Behavioral insights for public policy: Cases and concepts. Routledge.
Kacha, O., & Ruggeri, K. (2018). Nudging intrinsic motivation in environmental risk and social policy. Journal of Risk Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2018.1459799
Huppert, F., & Ruggeri, K. (2018). 15. Policy challenges: Well-being as a priority in public mental health. In D. Bhugra, K. Bhui, S. Wong, & S. Gilman (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Public Mental Health. Oxford University Press.
Ruggeri, K., Ivanovic, N., Razum, J., Kacha, O., Menezes, I., Zafari, Z., & Garcia-Garzon, E.. (2018). An evidence-based policy for improving choice in global health access through medical travel. Health Policy, 122, 1372-1376. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.09.017
Ruggeri, K., Yoon, H., Kacha, O., van der Linden, S., & Muennig, P. (2017). Policy and population behavior in the age of Big Data. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science, 18, 1-6.
Farver-Vestergaard, I., & Ruggeri, K. (2017). Setting National Policy Agendas in Light of the Denmark Results for Well-being. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(8).

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