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Victoria, Australia, steps up to the Obesity challenge

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(Update from David Halpern)

A quick report from Victoria Australia, where we are working with VicHealth, before heading back to London tomorrow. The Australians have often led the world on public health measures, so it’s pretty cool to be working with them for the next 2 years, with a special focus on obesity – seen by some as the Mount Everest of contemporary behavioural challenges, and one that virtually all industrialised nations are wrestling with.

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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 to be. In addition to this, we have been able to quantify, for the first time, the positive impact on thefts of security functions introduced by manufacturers.

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Empowering consumers in order to reduce mobile phone theft

On 3rd September the Home Secretary announced that we will be publishing a joint BIT/Home Office analysis intended to better inform consumers about mobile phone theft and security. The analysis uses Metropolitan Police Service data to show how offenders disproportionately target certain phones; how these patterns are sensitive to security features in the phones themselves (as well as desirability, of course); and how users can alter their own behaviour to reduce risk of theft.

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The secret cost of laundry

Purchasing a laundry appliance, such as a washing machine, can be a complicated choice involving lots of different factors. However, consumers may be surprised to find out that the cost of using the appliance is not one of the factors often taken into account. Annual energy consumption, which relates to the appliance’s efficiency, incurs continual costs to households. Without taking into account the energy efficiency of an appliance, consumers may inadvertently be buying more than they bargained for.

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Press release: new $1m partnership between the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard

Press release: new $1m partnership between the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard

A new partnership has been established by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in the UK and the Behavioural Insights Group (BIG) at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The partnership is supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.

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BX2014 wrap up

Behavioural approaches are really about “restoring common sense to economics”.  These were the provocative words of Richard Thaler – Professor Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and co-author of Nudge – while speaking via video link at BX2014, the world’s first public policy behavioural insights conference, which concluded in Sydney on 3 June.

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