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- 27th Jul 2020
Do nudges actually work?
Last year, we were sent a request that was intriguing, and a bit scary. At BIT we spend a lot of time setting up Randomized Controlled Trials and other ways of evaluating impact reliably. We really care about finding out whether what we’re doing “works” - and where, when, and…
- 5th Mar 2020
How to stop touching our faces in the wake of the Coronavirus
As COVID-19 cases spread across the globe, people are starting to get some consistent advice on what they can do to avoid the virus. In addition to washing their hands and coughing or sneezing into a tissue (or your elbow), people are being told to not touch their faces. The problem…
- 20th Jun 2019
Creating opportunities for economic mobility in US cities
Integrating behavioural science into the heart of social programs
- 5th Nov 2018
Behavioural science and policy: where are we now and where are we going?
The use of behavioural science in policy has exploded since the publication of Nudge in 2008 and the creation of BIT in 2010. We were asked to reflect on the team’s work for a new issue of Behavioural Public Policy, and we decided to be open about some of the…
- 22nd Jun 2018
Policy tribes: How allegiances can harm policy making
This is the seventh blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Why might members of one group involved in making policy reject the arguments coming from another group, even if they are good ones? This kind of “inter-group…
- 14th Jun 2018
The illusion of similarity
This is the sixth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. The “illusion of similarity” is where policy makers have inaccurate assumptions about what people think or know, and inaccurate predictions about how people will act. This can…
- 8th Jun 2018
The problem with groups
This is the fifth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Thomas Hobbes, in one of the first modern treatises on government, recognised that, in groups, advisers are ‘not moved by their own sense, but by the…
- 1st Jun 2018
What should government pay attention to?
This is the fourth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. You might say - whatever the public cares about. The fact that people care about an issue is of course important in a democracy - no…
- 25th May 2018
How confirmation bias stops us solving problems
Even when people do get exposed to challenging information, confirmation bias can cause them to reject it and, perversely, become even more certain that their own beliefs are correct
- 21st May 2018
Are you well-calibrated? Results from a survey of 1,154 BIT readers
We recently invited blog readers to test whether their decision-making was affected by cognitive bias - and more than 1,000 of you took us up on the offer. Our survey showed people ten statements, then asked: whether they thought each statement was true or false, and how confident they were that…