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  • 19th Feb 2013

A post on the life of a BIT Research Fellow

Perhaps I’ve been affected by ‘ownership bias’, but I’ve had a wonderful time on the BIT Research Fellowship Programme and simply can’t recommend it highly enough. Wherever you plan to work after completing your PhD, the experience you will gain here is invaluable. As an economist, I’ve always been interested…

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  • 28th Feb 2013

Behavioural Bulletin 4

The fourth edition of the Behavioural Bulletin is now available.

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  • 14th Mar 2013

Cass Sunstein visits BIT

Professor Cass Sunstein will be visiting the Behavioural Insights Team next week. Cass is the co-author of Nudge and previous head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Obama. This visit coincides with the publication of Cass’ new book, ‘Simpler: The Future of Government’, which…

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  • 20th Mar 2013

Communicating best practice

This month the government announced plans to set up "What Works" centres to gather, review, and disseminate best practice across a number of policy areas.Dissemination of research findings, particularly in an age of devolution, is of critical importance. Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), which are easy to understand (compared with other,…

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  • 7th Apr 2013

BIT back-to-work trial covered by BBC PM.

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks and, if you listen to Radio 4’s BBC PM show, you may have heard about the ways in which we’re helping jobseekers across Essex to get back into work. If you missed it, or just want to listen again, you can do…

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  • 15th Apr 2013

Reducing food waste

The Behavioural Insights Team recently met up with GreeNudge, a Norwegian organisation that researches behavioural approaches to encouraging environmentally friendly choices. Among other things, we discussed their latest study on food waste. GreeNudge conducted randomised controlled trials in hotel restaurants with food buffets. They found that reducing plate size and…

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  • 21st Apr 2013

New Publication: Sidetracked: Why Our Decision Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan

Harvard Professor Francesca Gino was kind enough to send us a copy of her new book ‘Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan’. The book makes for a readable introduction to many of the cognitive biases that often cause us to deviate from…

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  • 28th May 2013

Behavioural Insights and Charitable Giving

Charity comes from the heart. Yet some influences, seemingly unrelated to our altruistic preferences, can significantly impact how much and how often we give. In partnership with a number of organisations, including the Charities Trust and the Charities Aid Foundation, we’ve published a paper on the Application of Behavioural Insights…

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  • 4th Jul 2013

Policy Experiments at the 1st International Conference on Public Policy

Some of the team attended the first International Conference on Public Policy, held in Grenoble, France. In addition to presenting some of the team’s work on tax compliance and charitable giving to an academic audience, they also took the opportunity to view the interesting work of others. Of particular interest…

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  • 24th Jul 2013

Policy school

Alongside the trials and policy advice that are our bread and butter, we’ve also been working with a group of Cabinet Office colleagues to design and run a totally new kind of training programme that incorporates insights from the behavioural sciences. Competing teams are set the goal of coming up…