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  • 10th Nov 2015

Automatic Enrolment and Pensions: a behavioural success story

Last week, the National Audit Office (the Government’s financial watchdog) published a report on a major government programme. If its subject had been a programme with a big overspend or a lengthy delay, it might have got a lot of attention. But this report got next to no pick up in the…

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  • 12th Nov 2015

Social trust is one of the most important measures that most people have never heard of – and it’s moving

Do you think most people can be trusted? This is a question first asked in the 1950s, and from the early 1980s incorporated into the World Values Surveys. It has since proven to be one of the most interesting and important indicators of the strength and quality of societies and…

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  • 16th Nov 2015

We're hiring!

Senior Advisors, Research and Evaluation – Two roles Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range:  £40,000 – £60,000 per annum, plus benefits Based in Central London The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for two exceptional candidates to join us leading on research or evaluation work as Senior Advisors. In this role…

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  • 2nd Dec 2015

Can psychology help reduce the gap between the rich and poor kids?

Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and author of Bowling Alone and several other important works, came in to BIT last week to discuss his new book - Our Kids. His latest work reflects on the growing gulf between the lives and expectancies of the rich and poor youth in today’s America.…

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  • 9th Dec 2015

We're hiring graduates!

Graduate Opportunities – Associate Advisor £25,000 p.a. + benefits Full time, permanent Central London Want to make society a better place? We are the Behavioural Insights Team, a unique organisation. We started life in 2010 inside No.10 Downing Street as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences.…

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  • 14th Dec 2015

Upcoming opportunities in our North America team

The Behavioural Insights Team North America is looking for exceptional candidates to join our New York office. There are opportunities at various levels coming up.  Please click here to find out more. Closing date for expressions of interest is 9am EST, January 25th, 2016. Start dates: from June 2016 Location:  Brooklyn, NY Full time and part…

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  • 22nd Dec 2015

Happy holidays to our stateside cousins - Inside the Nudge Unit is available in the USA!

We’ve known for some time that across countries labour productivity per hour is negatively correlated with hours worked. Just to check, we ran a seasonally festive correlation between labour productivity and average days of holiday taken by country, which also showed a modest negative correlation (about -0.12 in the data we…

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  • 7th Jan 2016

Innovation in Policing: a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray

Today we have a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray of West Midlands Police – the second largest force in England and Wales – with whom we work closely on a range of criminal justice issues. Alex is Commander of Solihull Local Policing Unit. He is also the founder…

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  • 12th Jan 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team is hiring in Australia!

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for exceptional candidates to join us in our Sydney office as we expand and grow in 2016. We have opportunities at two levels (1 x Advisor and 2 x Associate Advisor). What we are looking for We are looking for talented individuals who have…

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  • 15th Jan 2016

Does social action help develop the skills young people need to succeed in adult life?

Today sees the publication of BIT's evaluation of the Cabinet Office's Youth Social Action Fund, an interim version of which was published last year. Our report provides compelling and robust evidence that young people who take part in social action initiatives, such as volunteering, develop some of the most critical…