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  • Blog
  • 25th Nov 2020

People have a good sense of which settings are riskier than others in terms of coronavirus transmission - but underestimate the benefits of ventilation

We know that people do reasonably well when quizzed on the general coronavirus rules in England. But, to date there has been little research on how well people understand the risk of specific settings. So, we tested this in an experiment with 4,769 UK adults - here are our three…

  • Blog
  • 24th Nov 2020

Making gambling safer: improving the uptake and design of tools to help people control their gambling

In 2017, the Behavioural Insights Team was commissioned by GambleAware to explore whether behavioural science could help to reduce risky gambling. We set out on a wide range of research activities to investigate the topic, such as literature reviews, data analysis and behavioural audits of online operators.

  • Blog
  • 17th Nov 2020

Switching the default to advertise part-time working boosts applications from women by 16%

The difference in pay between women and men tends to increase sharply after the birth of a woman’s first child. Women are much more likely than men to move to part-time working, often to balance home and care responsibilities. Once women move to part-time roles, they often fail to progress…

  • Blog
  • 10th Nov 2020

A small number of people account for a large amount of coronavirus risk

Once lockdown ends, how compliant should we expect people to be with the guidance, in terms of limiting their number of risky social contacts? To estimate this, we ran a (pre-lockdown) survey about the social activities of 3,702 adults in England. 

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  • 6th Nov 2020

Applying behavioural insights to public transport pricing complexity

Navigating the pricing structures of public transport systems in new cities is something even experienced travellers dread. There’s lots of different things to think about: the mode of transport you’d like to use; the distance you’re travelling; and even time of day changes to transport fares. We worked with Infrastructure Victoria…

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  • 5th Nov 2020

How Slovakia tested 3.6 million people for COVID-19 in a single weekend

Download the full report on Slovakia’s population testing  This blog is also available in Slovakian As the UK enters into its second national lockdown, a possible light at the end of the long COVID tunnel emerged from a small country in Central Europe. Last weekend, Slovakia tested 3.6 million people…

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  • 5th Nov 2020

Ako Slovensko testovalo 3,6 milióna ľudí za jediný víkend

Celú správu o plošnom testovaní Slovenska nájdete tu. Tento článok je k dispozícii aj v angličtine Zatiaľ čo Spojené kráľovstvo vstupuje do druhého národného lockdownu, z malej krajiny v strednej Európe sa vynorilo možné svetlo na konci dlhého tunela koronavírusu. Minulý víkend Slovensko v plošnom testovaní otestovalo na koronavírus 3,6…

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  • 3rd Nov 2020

Do you understand the guidance? Four findings from an experiment with 3,702 adults in England

Following the announcement that England will enter a second national lockdown, the public will need to familiarise themselves with the new rules coming into force this Thursday. But how well does the public understand the current rules, some of which vary depending on what part of the country people live…

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  • 2nd Nov 2020

How behavioural insights helped Canadians access their tax benefits

Every year, thousands of lower income Canadian families miss out on about $5,000 in benefits and refunds because they do not file their taxes. It is easy to understand why. Tax filing can be burdensome and complex. It is voluntary if you do not owe any money, and the benefits…

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  • 27th Oct 2020

BIT France opens its doors 🇫🇷

In a time where offices might seem like a distant reality, BIT has just opened a brand new office in Paris.