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  • Academic publication
  • 20th Jan 2023

Misconceptions about the Practice of Behavioral Public Policy

In 2022, Nick Chater and George Loewenstein published a pre-print called ‘The i-frame and the s-frame: How focusing on individual-level solutions has led behavioral public policy astray’. I find this paper to be deeply flawed and ultimately self-defeating.

  • Academic publication
  • 5th Dec 2022

Reducing discrimination against job seekers with and without employment gaps

In a preregistered audit field experiment in the UK we show that rewriting a résumé so that previously held jobs are listed with the number of years worked (instead of employment dates) increases callbacks from real employers compared to résumés without employment gaps by approximately 8%, and with employment gaps…

  • Report
  • 1st Dec 2022

Using behavioural insights to increase the take up of Pension Credit in Northern Ireland

This project details the findings of a research study into pensioners not claiming Pension Credit in Northern Ireland. It was undertaken as part of the Department for Communities’ Economic and Social Research Programme 2021/22. In this project the Department commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to explore why people in…

  • Report
  • 30th Nov 2022

Understanding homicide: A framework analysis

Funded by London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), this framework analyses police data to better understand the drivers of homicide and identify opportunities to intervene earlier.  The VRU commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team to work alongside the Met police to develop the framework using data from 50 homicide cases to capture…

  • Handbook
  • 28th Nov 2022

Target, Explore, Solution, Trial, Scale

The objective of this guide is to provide a practical, step-by-step outline on how to run a simple BI project.

  • Policy proposal
  • 28th Nov 2022

Redesign gambling websites to reduce harm

The gambling space, and the way people gamble, has changed dramatically over the past decade. The industry has invested heavily in technology resulting in a huge increase in online gambling. Consumers now have access to an open-all-hours casino in their pocket and regulation has struggled to keep pace. This note…

  • Policy proposal
  • 22nd Nov 2022

Putting health in the spotlight: quantifying the impact of obesity prevention policies in the UK

This report examines the impact of four obesity prevention policies in UK government, finding that their combined net benefit to the UK over 25 years is estimated to be over £76 billion.

  • Handbook
  • 21st Nov 2022

Explore: Four simple ways to map and unpack behaviour

Through our work we have identified some of the fundamentals of doing good Explore work. This handbook aims to help behavioural insights practitioners apply them to developing their own solutions.

  • Working paper
  • 11th Nov 2022

Improving Public Understanding of Economic Statistics (1 of 2)

Previous research has found that the UK public feel economics and economic statistics are communicated in a way that is “confusing”, “complicated” and “difficult to understand”. We also know that the UK public want to hear more economic information directly from economic statistics producers who they trust and without the…

  • Working paper
  • 11th Nov 2022

Improving Public Understanding of Economic Statistics (2 of 2)

This study by BIT and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and carried out as part of the research programme of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) and funded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) explores the role of the media as an intermediary for…