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Behavioral Insights and the City

From ancient Athens to modern New York, cities have long provided crucibles for human interaction, thriving and faltering in equal measure on the density and diversity of the lives within them. With 2 out of every 3 of us set to live in cities by 2050, it is hardly surprising that we find ample opportunities […]

October 24, 2016

Poverty and decision-making: How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK

A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have focused on boosting people’s economic capital (e.g., income) and human capital (e.g., educational attainment) to reduce poverty. While investments in these areas have […]

October 20, 2016

Applying behavioural insights to legacy giving

Legacy giving is an important part of the landscape of charitable giving in the UK, accounting for almost a quarter of all donations, with many charities dependent on these donations to survive. However, while a third (35 per cent) of people say that they would be happy to leave a gift in their will, only […]

October 18, 2016

Reflections on the rise of evidence-based policymaking

You know how it is: you spend months waiting for the next global summit on evidence, and then when the invitations arrive they’re all scheduled at the same time. Recent weeks saw two held in London, and a few people missed them because of a rival summit in the USA! Poor timing, but the headcount […]

October 13, 2016

Setting smarter defaults for workplace pensions

By changing the default from opt-in to opt-out, automatic enrolment is successfully reversing the long-term decline in the number of people saving into workplace pensions in the UK. Opt-out rates have been between 8 and 14 per cent, rather than the 28 per cent the Department for Work and Pensions originally estimated, though very much […]

October 6, 2016

We’re recruiting in London!

Associate Advisor (Qualitative research) Part time or full time One year fixed term contract Salary range: £25,000 – £35,000 pro rata per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join our Research and Evaluation team in London. The Research and Evaluation team works with each […]

September 26, 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 Anne Brockmeyer and Marco Hernandez […]

September 22, 2016

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

Today we are publishing the latest in a series of annual Update Reports. It’s a proud moment for the team – and for the hundreds of government officials, funders, academics, clinicians, police officers, teachers and other practitioners we’ve worked with over the past year – giving us a chance to reflect on what we’ve collectively […]

September 15, 2016

Job opportunities in London and Manchester

The Productivity and Economic Growth Team is looking for someone exceptional to join as a Senior Advisor. The policy portfolio includes exciting areas such as: looking at how to create better markets; enhancing corporate governance; improving business confidence; promoting sustainable growth. To apply click here. Our recently opened Manchester Office is looking for an Advisor to join on a one-year, […]

September 1, 2016

Moments of Choice: how young people make career decisions

Today, young people across England receive their GCSE results. Many will now be looking forward to the next exciting step in their education; for others, it may be a time for to reflect on what their options are and what they would like to do next. In these ‘moments of choice’, young people may seek […]

August 25, 2016