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  • Academic publication
  • 25th Sep 2021

I don’t get it, but I like it: Detailed pricing information increases confidence, but decreases quality of decision making

In collaboration with an energy regulator, we tested five versions of a potential Basic Plan Information Documents (BPID) for energy plans in an incentivized online framed field experiment.

  • Blog
  • 1st Sep 2021

Shouting into the void: The importance of engagement for safety messaging in the gig economy

In this time of COVID-19, we’ve seen the rise of a new hero: the food delivery worker (FDW). FDWs brave the streets and keep us well fed from our local restaurants as we move in and out of lockdowns. But the work of an FDW can be dangerous, and until…

  • Blog
  • 25th Aug 2021

“The Complaints Department”: A dozen years of debate on when and how to nudge

Last week Professor Richard Thaler and Professor Cass Sunstein published Nudge: The Final Edition. As many of our readers will know, BIT was built on the ideas developed and popularised in the original edition, and we have been hugely grateful for the inspiration, energy and guidance Richard and Cass have…

  • Blog
  • 5th Aug 2021

Using behavioural insights to help households correctly segregate their waste

Uncertainty is an issue— if we don’t know what the right option is, we are often inclined to take the path which incurs the lowest effort. This status quo bias is bad news for recycling, because it means people may be sending recyclable refuse to landfill. Uncertainty is also legitimate.…

  • Blog
  • 30th Jul 2021

What’s in a leaderboard?

In the last week, you may have found that a leaderboard has become an unexpected addition to your morning routine. Every morning you now wake up, pick up your phone and check where your country sits on the Olympic medal table. Although they look simple, leaderboards can have a big…

  • Report
  • 15th Jun 2021

Making Markets Better

The economic shocks of COVID-19 have both highlighted the need for, and presented the opportunity to, rethink markets and market policies. Drawing on the work of our The Behavioural Economy report, Making Markets Better explores how we can revolutionise markets through a behavioural lens and evidence-based strategies, in order to…

  • Blog
  • 13th May 2021

Can nudging improve student wellbeing? Results from an RCT in Australia

Studying at university can be challenging at the best of times: students are often juggling financial stress, challenging course content, living or studying in a new city, and changes to their friendships and social support networks. The events of 2020 certainly do not appear to have helped: a recent survey…

  • Blog
  • 30th Apr 2021

How can we encourage institutional investors to make climate friendly decisions?

To combat climate change, US$90 trillion is needed in sustainable investments by 2030. However markets aren’t moving fast enough. The Paris Climate Agreement calls out the role of the finance industry in boosting green innovation and low carbon industries. The question remains however, as to whether shifting to more sustainable…

  • Blog
  • 23rd Feb 2021

What impact does remote working have on workplace sexist and sexually harassing behaviours?

Everyone should be valued and treated as equal regardless of gender. Yet in too many workplaces, sexist behaviours and sexual harassment are still a problem. In Australia, one in three people have been sexually harassed in the workplace in the past 5 years.  Reducing sexist behaviours and sexual harassment in…

  • Blog
  • 10th Feb 2021

Seeing is believing, even through a screen.

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science it is worth remembering that ‘seeing is believing’ - a principle Iris Bohnet highlights in her book What Works: Gender Equality by Design. When we have a preconceived idea that a career is dominated by men, seeing a real-world example…