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Applying behavioural insights to regulated markets

It’s clear that regulated markets are not currently delivering the best outcomes for UK consumers. In the UK, we are collectively overpaying for mobile phone contracts by £355 million a year and almost 9.5 million households would be able to save over £300 each year by switching energy provider. In last week’s Queen’s Speech, the […]

May 26, 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team is recruiting a Principal Advisor to lead on Productivity and Growth

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for somebody exceptional to join us to lead our Productivity and Growth Team. The policy portfolio will include innovation, gender equality and economic growth. Tackling challenges in these areas, some of the highest priorities in government, would offer the successful candidate the opportunity to apply their knowledge of […]

May 19, 2016

We’re recruiting for a number of research roles in London

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Can you tell a probit from a logistic? Do you want to conduct research across the policy spectrum? If you answered yes to these three questions we would love to hear from you! The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) are looking for a number of exceptional candidates with varying levels […]

May 9, 2016

BIT, Oxford University and Harvard University to host Data Science and Government Conference

On the 22nd of June 2016, Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, in collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, will host a meeting of academics and policymakers to discuss Data Science and Government. This one-day conference programme will combine the latest academic findings with real-world results. There will also be […]

May 5, 2016

How can a letter increase sewer bill payments?

As more residents and businesses fail to pay their sewer bills, cities across the United States have had to resort to turning off water services to prompt them to pay. In some cities, sewer charges are included on the water bill and collected by the utility company. This makes it easy for cities to collect […]

May 3, 2016

Behavioural Insights and Healthier Lives: our new report with VicHealth

Public health is about as behavioural as it gets. The leading causes of death are dominated by behavioural and lifestyle factors: smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, accidents, but also more subtle behavioural factors such as how we relate to and support each other. The Australians have long been seen as leaders in public health. They led […]

April 29, 2016

We’re recruiting in London!

Principal Advisor, Head of International Programmes Permanent: 39 hours per week  Salary range: £50,000 – £75,000 per annum, plus benefits Based in Central London The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as a Principal Advisor leading our work on International Programmes. This is a senior level appointment and you […]

April 19, 2016

Doing a PhD at BIT – insights from a BIT research fellow

Last September, I started working for the Behavioural Insights Team as a Research Fellow alongside my PhD. At BIT, I feel like I’ve been reminded of why I wanted to go into the field of behavioural science in the first place. I chose to do a PhD in behavioural science because I wanted to have […]

April 11, 2016

The Power of Thank You

From an early age our parents remind us to say “thank you”. But what is the impact of these words? Are employees more productive if thanked for their hard work? Does thanking people for charitable donations encourage them to keep giving? Over the past year, we’ve started to see a pattern in our research – […]

April 4, 2016

Reducing Mobile Phone Theft

Last week the Home Office published the second edition of “Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security”, a report which details mobile phone crime in the UK and how it changes over time. A core part of this report is based on BIT’s analysis of data provided by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The data cover […]

March 29, 2016