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  • 15th Dec 2020

Unconscious bias and diversity training – the evidence

The corporate buzzwords of the moment: unconscious bias and diversity training. These training programmes have been introduced to organisations across the world over decades, with high hopes that they will make workplaces more inclusive. In the US alone, companies spend $8billion a year on diversity training. But do they work? This…

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  • 14th Dec 2020

Automatic switching: a win for consumers and behavioural public policy

I doubt any of us would say no to a £300 windfall. Indeed, most of us would be thrilled! It could cover the Christmas shopping, pay a chunk off your credit card bill or simply boost your rainy day savings fund. The good news is that the typical UK household…

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  • 1st Dec 2020

New guidance on conducting energy consumption analysis

In partnership with BEIS, we recently published guidance to support energy suppliers in accurately analysing the impact of smart meters on household energy consumption.  

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  • 27th Nov 2020

Feeling the Black Friday impulse? Try repairing not replacing

With Black Friday on the horizon, deals on phones, computers and all sorts of electronics are popping up in our inboxes. Yet, when you know that in 2019 we produced approximately 53.6 million tons of electronic waste globally (a number which is growing year on year), with over 80% of…

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  • 27th Nov 2020

Du mal à résister à la tentation du Black Friday? Quel meilleur jour pour penser à réparer, plutôt que remplacer?

A l’approche du Black Friday, nos boîtes mail se remplissent de promotions pour des téléphones, ordinateurs, tablettes, et autres nouveautés électroniques. Pourtant, quand on sait qu’en 2019 on a produit près de 53,6 millions de tonnes de déchets électroniques dans le monde, et que plus de 80% de ces déchets…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…