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  • Blog
  • 6th Dec 2012

Behavioural Bulletin, 3rd edition

The Behavioural Bulletin summarises a few examples of recent behavioural science research that we've come across. Below are the first three editions. Feel free to comment on the effects or methodologies of the papers cited, or recommend others to us! Behavioural Bulletin, 1st edition Behavioural Bulletin, 2nd edition Behavioural Bulletin,…

  • Blog
  • 28th Feb 2013

Behavioural Bulletin 4

The fourth edition of the Behavioural Bulletin is now available.

  • Blog
  • 11th Sep 2014

An analysis of mobile phone theft

Last Sunday, The Behavioural Insights Team and the Home Office published the report "Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security". The report provides detailed evidence of which mobile phones are most likely to be stolen, where they are likely to be taken, and who the most typical victims are likely…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 24th Jul 2015

Promoting diversity in the Police

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our recent trials. This first post is dedicated to an emerging area of focus for BIT: home affairs and justice. We occasionally get a result that even we are stunned by. One of these, picked up in the media…

  • Blog
  • 7th Jan 2016

Innovation in Policing: a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray

Today we have a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray of West Midlands Police – the second largest force in England and Wales – with whom we work closely on a range of criminal justice issues. Alex is Commander of Solihull Local Policing Unit. He is also the founder…

  • Academic publication
  • 15th Jun 2016

Behavioral Interventions in Tax Compliance: Evidence from Guatemala

This paper presents results from a large (43,387) nationwide randomized controlled trial in Guatemala that used reminders to promote tax compliance.

  • Blog
  • 26th Jul 2016

An analysis of police 101 phone calls

In 2011, Police forces across the UK introduced Police 101, a phone number for non-emergency issues. This important public service has come under strain more recently as forces have struggled to cope with the huge volumes of calls – which has sometimes led to callers having to wait for their…

  • Blog
  • 22nd Sep 2016

Increasing tax payments in Costa Rica

Over the past few years, BIT has implemented a number of successful trials using letters to remind people to pay their taxes. In March 2015, we ran our first trial in Costa Rica. In this case we tested sending emails - an even lower cost intervention than letters. Working with…

  • Academic publication
  • 28th Apr 2017

Failure to CAPTCHA Attention: Null Results from an Honesty Priming Experiment in Guatemala

We report results from a large online randomised tax experiment in Guatemala. The trial involves short messages and choices presented to taxpayers as part of a CAPTCHA pop-up window immediately before they file a tax return, with the aim of priming honest declarations.