Welcome to Busara Center for Behavioral Economics!
Busara is a state-of-the-art facility for experimental studies in behavioral economics and other social sciences, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The core of Busara is a pool of participants from the Nairobi slums, combined with a cluster of 20 networked computers with which researchers can investigate economic behavior and preferences. A central feature of the computer setup is that all computers have touchscreen monitors; together with specially developed paradigms, this allows for the participation of not only computer-illiterate, but entirely illiterate populations.
Busara is proud to be hosted and supported by Innovations for Poverty Action Kenya (IPA-K). IPA is dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. Established in 2002, IPA designs and evaluates programs in real contexts with real people, and provides hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA partners with researchers in top universities and implementing organizations around the world to ensure that poverty-fighting activities are supported by rigorous evaluation. Additional information can be found at www.poverty-action.org.
Busara for Reseachers
Busara is open to researchers from universities and other institutions around the world. If you are interested in conducting a study at Busara, please get in touch with
. We are especially keen to foster collaborations with Kenyan and other African universities and researchers.
Busara for Students
We are particularly interested in hearing from students who want to conduct an experiment as part of their PhD thesis research at Busara. Interested students are encouraged to send a short description of their research proposal to
. Students planning Bachelor's and Master's theses are also welcome to contact us.