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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…

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  • 8th Jul 2020

Using behavioural insights to support low-wage workers

Prior to COVID-19, low wage workers—defined as those with incomes below $36,000 per year—were already in a precarious financial position. Now, data show that “95% of workers in low-income households have either been laid off as a result of the coronavirus (37%) or have seen a loss of income (58%).”…

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  • 6th Jul 2020

Speaking to consumers unlocked insights into how we can help them save on energy

As the economic effects of COVID-19 become more apparent, consumers are cutting back on spending. Energy bills are often an area where many people can make savings. However, navigating this market can be a difficult task. Information is often presented in confusing ways that make it harder for people to…

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  • 1st Jul 2020

PRIDE reflection blog 🏳️‍🌈: How defaults impact the LGBTQIA+ community

There are few concepts as renowned or respected in behavioural science as the power of defaults. Defaults refer to the ‘status quo’ or ‘business-as-usual’ option that is pre-selected, by design or by accident, by the architect of choice. Default options can have a profound impact on human decision making. However,…

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  • 29th Jun 2020

Life after lockdown: A strong & sustainable economic recovery

As our current economic lockdowns ease we have a unique opportunity to take a fresh start so we have strong and sustainable recoveries