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  • 22nd Dec 2014

Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

You might remember reading a blog post back in May that announced the launch of our first randomised controlled trials in Latin America, in partnership with the World Bank. We now have results. The trial tested redesigned reminder letters to Guatemalan taxpayers who had failed to declare their income tax…

Also available in: Español

  • Blog
  • 22nd Dec 2014

Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

Quizás recuerde haber leído una publicación en mayo que anunciaba el lanzamiento de nuestros primeros ensayos controlados aleatorios en América Latina, en asociación con el Banco Mundial. Ahora tenemos resultados. El ensayo probó cartas recordatorias rediseñadas para los contribuyentes guatemaltecos que no habían declarado su impuesto sobre la renta a…

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  • Blog
  • 23rd Dec 2014

Is Christmas ever good for your health?

Most people are not expecting to get healthier over the festive period, with Christmas parties, Christmas lunch and New Years’ parties serving to prepare us for an inevitable January of diets and new gym memberships. New research, however, suggests that Christmas may be better for your physical health than you…

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  • 30th Jan 2015

The Global Spread of Behavioural Insights: Conditions for Success of a Central Unit

Last Friday, our CEO (David Halpern) and Managing Director (Owain Service) attended a big OECD conference on the use of behavioural insights in policy. David co-chaired the event, and Owain led a session on mainstreaming behavioural insights in to government institutions.With delegations flying in from across the globe, it was…

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  • 12th Feb 2015

Behavioural Insights for Valentine’s Day

At BIT we believe that "We all need someone to love us the whole day through" and so, for the romantically inclined, we share our hints and tips to make the most of this Valentine’s Day:"I Love all of your perfect imperfections": After making a blunder, a respected person will…

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  • 17th Feb 2015

Behavioural Exchange 2015, hosted by the Behavioural Insights Team

Join us and 700 other behavioural insights practitioners and academics at the second annual Behavioural Exchange (BX2015), a behavioural science conference taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September 2015. To purchase tickets, click here.BX2015 builds on the success of last year's conference in Sydney. We've assembled a…

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  • 17th Mar 2015

Does treating people like adults really mean giving them more options?

People are generally the best judges of their own preferences, and know the most about their own context. Further, autonomous choice is an important aspect of intrinsic motivation (1). Where people feel they have a choice, they are more likely to act, and more likely to have or develop an…

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  • 20th Apr 2015

BIT to partner with US cities through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative

New partnership will help to launch US operations for BIT The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has entered into a three-year partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on its new What Works Cities initiative. The $42 million project endeavors to build on existing innovation at the city-level by helping mayors and local leaders…

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  • 12th May 2015

BIT launch BX2015 Awards: celebrating the achievements of behavioural science scholars and practitioners

The Behavioural Insights Team is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the BX2015 Awards, to be presented at the BX2015 conference in September. The last ten years have seen tremendous growth in the scope, ambition and achievements of the behavioural sciences, bringing growing recognition and application to policy.…

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  • 2nd Jun 2015

"Powered to Detect Small Effect Sizes": You keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Last month Aisling Ni Chonaire and I published a new Working Paper through the The Centre for Market and Public Organisation research centre. The paper explores how researchers can choose a sample size large enough to detect an effect in a randomised control trial, but small enough to make the…