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Economic Voting in Developing Democracies Workshop at the University of São Paulo

economics / voting / conferences / featured

I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to this recent workshop on economic voting in developing democracies held in São Paulo, Brazil. The workshop brought together a number of international researchers focusing on the phenomenon of economic voting in developing countries. Much of the work presented employed public opinion data on why and how citizens in developing democracies vote. The workshop was hosted by the University of São Paulo which is a leading South American University in many fields, including political science.

Economic Voting Workshop Brazil

The term economic voting can generally be described as voters rewarding or punishing incumbents based on economic performance. The 1992 U.S. presidential election is a notable example.... more


Frequent Survey Responders on Online Panels

featured / survey research / blog

FMG regularly conducts online surveys as a means of data collection. We recognize that like all survey modes, online surveys have their limitations, in many cases due to how the online panel provider procures its sample of respondents. Online survey One potential problem is that online panel members differ in their propensities to participate in surveys: some respondents take numerous surveys every week or month, while others take few or none. This phenomenon of "frequent survey responders" (Coen, Lorch, & Piekarski, 2005) concerns survey methodologists because the act of taking numerous surveys may have an impact on the way respondents answer the survey questions. Along these lines, the survey research community has voiced two concerns about respondents who take a... more


Making FMG Great - Why We Value Lunch and Learns


If you’ve had the chance to work with FMG over the past few years as a partner, client, or employee, you’ve probably noticed one personality attribute all of our employees embody – curiosity. Our team is made up of 70 people that are eager to learn something new, apply different approaches in their daily work, and interested in hearing the opinions and practices of those in similar fields – whether it be cognitive psych, I/O psychology, communication research, software development... the list goes on. In an effort to help employees keep growing personally and professionally, we implemented bi-monthly Lunch and Learns back in 2013. Two years later, Lunch and Learns have proved to be a great success and something we recommend other companies try.

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How Behavioral Economics Can Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

featured / behavior economics / conferences / featured

Behavioral economics is a branch of economics that takes into account the seemingly irrational aspects of human behavior. Instead of treating people like robots that never make mistakes and always choose the best options, this line of research takes into account the apparent inconsistencies of our decisions. As anyone who has ever tried to change their decision-making patterns knows, it is not always easy to commit to behaviors that we know will improve our lives and lead to better long-term outcomes or goals. In a recent talk titled "Tackling Temptation," Professor Katherine Milkman outlined some of the findings of her behavioral economics research and how those insights can be put to use by both individuals and policymakers.

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Fors Marsh Group Awarded 5-Year Department of Defense IDIQ Contract

military research / market research / survey research / featured / federal contracting / news

Arlington, Virginia – January 5, 2015 – Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide research and consulting services to the U.S. Defense Human Resources Activity’s Joint Advertising, Market Research & Studies (JAMRS) Program.

This 5-year contract went into effect in late December 2014 and has a ceiling of $49.8 million. Under the terms of this contract, Fors Marsh Group will provide a broad range of market research services, from the development of strategic and tactical advertising planning to the design and execution of a wide range of research efforts (surveys, experimental designs, quantitative and qualitative research, advertising evaluations, etc.).

“JAMRS’ efforts are critical to the... more


Fors Marsh Group Announces Multiple-Year Contracts

featured / market research / news / blog

Arlington, Virginia - December 18, 2014 -Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded a number of contracts in both the public and private sectors. As part of these new contracts, FMG will conduct behavioral research, program evaluation, and user experience studies for new and existing clients. New clients include the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Citizens Bank, and and Anthem (formerly known as WellPoint).

Recent Federal Contract awards include:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)- Awarded new 5-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to conduct experimental economics... more