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  • 2nd Sep 2021

New for employers: updated evidence on what works to reduce the Gender Pay Gap

We’ve recently wrapped-up a large-scale ‘Gender and Behavioural Insights’ (GABI) research programme, a collaboration with the Government Equalities Office to investigate what works to improve gender equality in the workplace. Our work has yielded some interesting insights. For instance, we found that  unconscious bias training does not change attitudes in…

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  • 1st Sep 2021

Shouting into the void: The importance of engagement for safety messaging in the gig economy

In this time of COVID-19, we’ve seen the rise of a new hero: the food delivery worker (FDW). FDWs brave the streets and keep us well fed from our local restaurants as we move in and out of lockdowns. But the work of an FDW can be dangerous, and until…

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  • 26th Aug 2021

Three experiments to protect homes from flood damage

The most significant natural disaster risk to UK homes is flooding. And climate change is only compounding this risk. One of the most difficult aspects of flooding is its unpredictability. Floods can overwhelm towns and cities in a matter of hours as we’ve seen in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire during…

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  • 25th Aug 2021

“The Complaints Department”: A dozen years of debate on when and how to nudge

Last week Professor Richard Thaler and Professor Cass Sunstein published Nudge: The Final Edition. As many of our readers will know, BIT was built on the ideas developed and popularised in the original edition, and we have been hugely grateful for the inspiration, energy and guidance Richard and Cass have…

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  • 24th Aug 2021

Tackling Covid with videos in Bangladesh: three practical ways to apply behavioural insights to edutainment

As of late July 2021, there have likely been more than 10 million deaths from Covid globally. Part of this devastating impact reflects a lack of awareness of what actions people need to take to seek care and reduce further transmission if symptoms become apparent. Even if people know what…

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  • 19th Aug 2021

The good kind of null? Training village doctors in Bangladesh to fight COVID-19

“Village doctors” are the primary healthcare providers for many Bangladeshis, but their qualifications and expertise can vary considerably. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of village doctors has expanded to pandemic preventers and the advice they provide has become a matter of public health. With that in…

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  • 12th Aug 2021

One behaviour at a time: Redesigning entrepreneurship pathways in the Arab States

We recently co-hosted a webinar at the UN Behavioural Science Week 2021 during which we presented initial evidence from the project and asked UNDP colleagues in participating Country Offices to reflect on their experience thus far. We share three insights below about what it takes to apply behavioural science to…

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  • 5th Aug 2021

Using behavioural insights to help households correctly segregate their waste

Uncertainty is an issue— if we don’t know what the right option is, we are often inclined to take the path which incurs the lowest effort. This status quo bias is bad news for recycling, because it means people may be sending recyclable refuse to landfill. Uncertainty is also legitimate.…

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  • 4th Aug 2021

Making gambling safer: Can deposit limit tools be improved with commitment devices?

This is blog 3 in our series highlighting BIT’s work to-date on how behavioural insights may be useful in reducing gambling harms through safer gambling tool innovation. Previous blogs in this series cover our field trials on improving the uptake of safer gambling tools, and how high anchors may influence…

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  • 3rd Aug 2021

We need your help! We’re looking for the most innovative behaviorally-informed policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

Do you work in the public sector in Latin America and the Caribbean? Have you applied behavioral science to policy problems? If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for the most innovative public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to hear from institutions…