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  • 17th Jan 2020

Increasing economic mobility in US cities

Earlier this year, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ballmer Group launched a new program to increase economic mobility in a number of US cities. This program is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, which helps local governments improve residents' lives by using data…

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  • 10th Jan 2020

How government can predict the future

Fresh from its election victory in December, the UK government has put civil service reform high on the agenda. Writing in the Telegraph last week, Rachel Wolf, one of the authors of the Conservative Party election manifesto, added ‘superforecasting’ to her wishlist for civil servant training. We agree that this…

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  • 8th Jan 2020

BIT Canada’s New Year’s Resolution - create a unicorn 🦄

The world needs more Canada." - Barack Obama There has been a flurry of activity since we opened our doors in Canada on October 1, 2019. Now, as our friends and colleagues do some end-of-year reflecting and new year goal-setting, we feel compelled to do the same.  Our new Canadian…

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  • 19th Dec 2019

How many people really understand inflation and interest rates?

BIT and the Bank of England have been working on how to improve public trust in and understanding of the Bank’s activities.

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  • 10th Dec 2019

BIT included in consortium to bring play to refugee children with $100 million grant from The LEGO Foundation

We are thrilled to announce the launch of PlayMatters, an exciting initiative to bring 'Learning through Play to nearly one million children impacted by humanitarian crises in Ethiopia and Uganda'. BIT joins a world-class lineup of partners -- the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Plan International, War Child Holland, Ubongo, and…

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  • 6th Dec 2019

What’s better, a nudge or a shove?

While BIT is often, for better or worse, referred to as the ‘Nudge Unit’, we deal in both slight prods and and larger shoves because both can be effective.

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  • 25th Nov 2019

What can we do to combat Intimate Partner Violence?

At least 1 in 3 women in Latin America have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). We partnered with the International Development Bank (IDB) to identify behavioural barriers that IPV survivors and service providers face when tackling this issue in the region and propose solutions to overcome these barriers .

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  • 25th Nov 2019

¿Qué más podemos hacer para combatir la violencia contra las mujeres?

Al menos una de cada tres mujeres latinoamericanas ha sido experimentado violencia perpetrado por su pareja. Establecimos una colaboración con el Banco Internacional de Desarrollo (BID) para identificar las barreras de comportamiento que enfrentan las sobrevivientes de IPV y los prestadores de servicios al abordar este problema en la región.

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  • 20th Nov 2019

Women only apply for jobs when 100% qualified. Fact or fake news?

When Sheryl Sandberg published her book Lean In in 2013, a catchy finding mentioned in it started to turn into received wisdom: men apply for positions if they meet just 60% of the requirements, while women only apply if they meet 100% of them. It did not take long for…

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  • 4th Nov 2019

Beyond disclosure

This month, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) published their report calling time on disclosures.This leaves us with a hard question: if disclosure isn’t enough, where should financial regulators look next?