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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
  • 9th Dec 2013

Papers of the week

In the Behavioural Insights Team, we are always looking for the latest experimental finding. Academic economists, psychologists and others create a constant stream of interesting work that helps to shape what we do. This post is our inaugural attempt to regularly share some of our favourite findings each week. Please…

  • Blog
  • 18th Dec 2013

The best graphs in behavioural science

The Stirling Behavioural Economics Blog has published this interesting post of the best graphs in behavioural science (2010-2013), including exciting findings from a recent paper by Richard Thaler and Schlomo Benartzi. The post also features one of our graphs - the results of one of our large-scale field trials on…

  • Academic publication
  • 17th Jan 2015

In search of the limits of applying reciprocity in the field: Evidence from two large field experiments

Experiments in both the lab and the field have gone some distance to proving that people are reciprocal agents, returning one good deed with another, even when it is disproportionately costly to do so.

  • Academic publication
  • 8th Apr 2015

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

Randomised trials in education research are a valuable and increasingly common part of the research landscape. Choosing a sample size large enough to detect an effect but small enough to make the trial workable is a vital component.

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 16th Oct 2015

World Statistics Day

It’s ‘World Statistics Day’ on October 20th! OK, it’s not quite as exciting as Christmas, but it does merit a moment of reflection - at least to encourage a next generation to marvel and pursue the wonder of statistics. As a young lecturer at Cambridge, my then Faculty made the…

  • Publication
  • 8th Jul 2016

Decision-making in children’s social care: quantitative analysis

Every day, social work practitioners make decisions about the wellbeing of thousands of vulnerable children and families. These decisions are often complex, concerning emotive issues in conditions of uncertainty. They are often made under both time and resource pressure. This report uses raw data on social work cases to reveal…

  • Publication
  • 15th Sep 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team’s Update Report: 2015-16

This report summarises the range and impact of BIT’s work over the past 12 months. In addition to the projects we have undertaken with the UK government, the report provides summaries of work conducted by our offices in Sydney, New York, and Singapore.