Working Papers and Publications
Kalil, A., Mayer, S. E., & Gallegos, S. (2021). Using behavioral insights to increase attendance at subsidized preschool programs: The Show Up to Grow Up intervention. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 163, 65–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.11.002
Mayer, S. E., Kalil, A., Oreopoulos, P., & Gallegos, S. (2019). Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Parental Engagement. Journal of Human Resources, 54(4), 900–925. https://doi.org/10.3368/jhr.54.4.0617.8835r
Mayer, S., Shah, R. & Kalil, A. (2020). How cognitive biases can undermine program scale-up decisions. Forthcoming in List, J., Suskind, D., & Supplee, L. H. (Eds.). The Scale-up Effect in Early Childhood and Public Policy: Why interventions lose impact at scale and what we can do about it. Routledge.
Mayer, S., Kalil, A., & Klein, N. (2020). Behavioral insights and parental decision-making. In L. Tach, R. Dunifon, and D. L. Miller (Eds.) (pp. 99-118) Confronting Inequality: How Policies and Practices Shape Children’s Opportunities, Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000187-001
Mayer, Susan and Kalil, Ariel and Delgado, William and Liu, Haoxuan and Rury, Derek and Shah, Rohen, Boosting Parent-Child Math Engagement and Preschool Children’s Math Skills: Evidence from an RCT with Low-Income Families (March 30, 2023). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2023-48.
Shah, Rohen and Kalil, Ariel and Mayer, Susan, Engaging Parents with Preschools: Evidence from a Field Experiment (March 22, 2023). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2022-97.
Kalil, Ariel and Liu, Haoxuan and Mayer, Susan and Rury, Derek and Shah, Rohen, Nudging or Nagging? Conflicting Effects of Behavioral Tools (January 4, 2023). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2023-02
Kalil, Ariel and Mayer, Susan and Shah, Rohen, Scarcity and Inattention (June 16, 2022). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2022-76.
Kalil, Ariel and Mayer, Susan and Shah, Rohen, Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Family Dynamics in Economically Vulnerable Households (October 5, 2020). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-143.
Mayer, S., Kalil, A., Oreopoulos, P. & Gallegos, S. (2015). Using behavioral insights to increase parental engagement. The Parents and Children Together (PACT) intervention. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 21602.
In the Press
Helping Parents Follow Through, Behavioral Scientist, September 10, 2018
Reading at home and school attendance shot up with a cheap, easy solution: Texting, USA TODAY, September 12, 2019
New research partnership evaluates innovation in family engagement, MIT News, November 19, 2019
Helping kids by texting their parents? Here’s what experts say about this exploding strategy. Chalkbeat, Dec 17, 2019
Some toddlers are chronically absent from preschool. A text message can help, Quartz,
Intensive Care: What Makes a ‘Good’ Parent?, The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2020
Quarantine Having Lasting Impacts on Kids’ Health, WEBMD HEALTH NEWS, May 15, 2020
COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years, Brookings, October 26, 2020
OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers, The Hechinger Report, September 9, 2020
Parents fear for their children’s mental health amid coronavirus pandemic, USA TODAY, April 20, 2021
How can Illinois schools reconnect with missing students? Text messages, ‘putting on gym shoes’, Chalkbeat Chicago, May 25, 2021
It’s about time — the best ways public policy can support parents, The Hill, May 27, 2021
Little Learners, Math Skills, and a Whole Lot of Data: About TIME and the Possibilities for Parents, Harris Public Policy, July 11, 2022
Understanding Low-Income Families Experience with COVID-19