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  • 3rd Sep 2020

How can we prepare young people for the future of work?

COVID-19 has had profound impacts on the way societies function, including the nature of work. Young people are particularly affected, with youth employment in Australia at the highest it’s been in 22 years. To address this crisis, young people need to be adaptable and demonstrate a broader range of skills…

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  • 28th Aug 2020

From a workshop to farms: reducing bovine tuberculosis in Argentina

Bovine tuberculosis results in a $7 million annual loss for Argentinian farmers, forces the country to throw away 19,000 kilos of meat every day and could have detrimental public health implications if not well managed. Here is how BIT applied behavioural science to tackle this challenging problem.

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  • 28th Aug 2020

Ciencias del comportamiento en los campos ganaderos de Argentina: reduciendo la tuberculosis bovina

¿Podrán poner en práctica lo que estamos dictando en este curso o sus apuntes terminarán en el fondo de un cajón? Si alguna vez tuviste que facilitar un taller o una capacitación seguramente esta pregunta te resulte familiar.  Motivados por nuestra misión de capacitar a nuestros aliados, BIT ha facilitado…

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  • 12th Aug 2020

Sending money home: Remitting to the Pacific Islands

Last week it was announced that up to 170 people from Vanuatu can soon leave their families and come to work in Australia on farms. The program is a trial resumption of one of Australia and New Zealand’s seasonal labour mobility schemes. The schemes are mutually beneficial: farms in Australia…

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  • 7th Aug 2020

COVID-19 prevention: Too much information?

When communicating about coronavirus, policymakers face a delicate balancing act: sharing enough information that people know what to do, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. How much information is too much?  To answer this question we ran a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Bangladesh on good handwashing technique,…

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  • 27th Jul 2020

Do nudges actually work?

Last year, we were sent a request that was intriguing, and a bit scary.  At BIT we spend a lot of time setting up Randomized Controlled Trials and other ways of evaluating impact reliably. We really care about finding out whether what we’re doing “works” - and where, when, and…

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  • 22nd Jul 2020

Navigating the COVID-19 employment crisis

Covid-19 has brought us one of the worst unemployment crises in recent history. This crisis has eliminated or put on hold millions of jobs, particularly affecting youth, women, ethnic minorities, and those in “low-skilled” jobs. As governments provide much-needed structural assistance to support the unemployed and stimulate the economy, they…

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  • 17th Jul 2020

Improving student attendance through timely nudges

In the UK, 90% of teachers report that pupils are doing less or much less work than usual. On average UK pupils have spent just 2.5 hours a day on school work, but a fifth (or 2 million) did no schoolwork or less than an hour a day. School closures…

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  • 16th Jul 2020

Encouraging pension savers to take up guidance

Last April marked five years since the introduction of “pension freedoms” which provided people with more choice and flexibility in their retirement options. However, approximately half of people approaching retirement say that they don’t know enough to plan for their income after they stop working. Here we discuss the results…

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  • 10th Jul 2020

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on higher education

Students about to start or return to higher education in September face a radically different experience to what they originally anticipated - with online classes and reduced social contact. As social distancing measures become the ‘new normal’ under COVID-19, higher education providers must explore new ways to support access, success…