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Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

You might remember reading a blog post back in May that announced the launch of our first randomised controlled trials in Latin America, in partnership with the World Bank. We now have results.

The trial tested redesigned reminder letters to Guatemalan taxpayers who had failed to declare their income tax on time. We found that the behaviourally-informed letters outperformed all other conditions, with the most successful variant increasing payment by 43%.

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Redesigning hospital prescription charts to reduce prescribing errors

Research supported by the Behavioural Insights Team has demonstrated how prescribing behaviour can be significantly improved by making simple changes to prescription charts used in NHS hospitals.

Below is a guest blog, written by Dom King, a good friend of BIT, co-author of MINDSPACE and the lead researcher on this project. The full paper is available online here 

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World Bank publishes landmark report on Mind, Society and behaviour

The 2015 World Development Report was launched last week by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and our own CEO, Dr David Halpern (see the video of the launch here). David sent back this blog from Washington:

The subject of the 2015 World Development Report is behavioural insights. Mind, Society and Behaviour is the culmination of nearly two years of work, and is perhaps the most comprehensive, cross national survey on how human behaviour affects development.

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BIT is recruiting

The Behavioural Insights Team is recruiting again.

We have job openings at various different levels, including Principal Advisors, Senior Advisors and Advisors.  

The Behavioural Insights Team brings people together with different skills sets. So we are looking for candidates who have in-depth experience in one of several relevant fields, who can work as part of a team of people with a range of different skills. The three areas we’re looking for are:

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Harvard conference

David speaking to delegates

On the 21 and 22 October, Harvard’s Behavioural Insights Group hosted a two day conference on “Lessons from the front lines of global policy”. The event, which was funded through the joint BIT/BIG Sloan Foundation grant, featured talks from leading Harvard Academics and practitioners from around the world. 

Highlights of the conference included:

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Lunch with Walter

Walter Mischel, author of one of the most famous psych experiments of all time – the ‘marshmallow test’ of self-control – and with a wonderful new book summarising his work, dropped into BIT for lunch on Friday.

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Behavioural Exchange 2015 (BX2015)

On 2 and 3 September 2015, the Behavioural Insights Team will host the largest gathering of the world’s greatest behavioural scientists and policy practitioners.

There will be space for some 500 delegates over two days, with sessions that combine the latest academic findings with real-world results from projects being undertaken by governments around the world.

We already have a stellar cast list of speakers, including:

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