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- 15th Sep 2021
Behavioural Insights Team launches Gambling Policy & Research Unit 🎲
Today, BIT launches the Gambling Policy & Research Unit, a dedicated team of specialists with a mandate to develop and rigorously test methods and approaches to significantly reduce gambling harms. The UK is already the largest regulated gambling market in the world. Our vision for the Gambling Policy & Research…
- 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…
- 4th Aug 2021
Applying behavioural insights to design better safer gambling tools
Our latest report continues BIT's extensive work on investigating whether industry-standard safer gambling tools can be improved using principles from behavioural science. As with our report earlier in 2021, our latest work again focused on deposit limits: a widely-available tool that allows people who gamble to cap the amount they…
- 22nd Jul 2021
Dealing new data: what bank transactions can tell us about gambling behaviour
The Behavioural Insights Team has launched two new reports on what bank transaction data can tell us about gambling behaviour, with the aim of gaining new insights on tackling gambling harm. Our findings examine how gambling fits within peoples’ wider financial lives, and sheds new light on the role that…
- 20th Jan 2021
Making gambling safer: deposit limit tools and the anchoring effect
The Behavioural Insights Team has today launched its new report on how to improve the industry-standard safer gambling tools that are designed to help people control how much they spend. We found that people who gamble reduce their spending limits by almost half once industry-set options are removed from view.…
- 20th Jan 2021
Applying behavioural insights to design safer gambling tools
Great Britain is the world’s biggest regulated gambling market. Of those who gamble, a small but significant proportion are considered ‘at risk’ of developing severe gambling issues, and some meet a clinical threshold of ‘problem gambling’. In 2017, BIT was commissioned by GambleAware to explore whether behavioural science could reduce…
- 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.