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Congratulations to Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in economics

This morning it was announced that the 2017 Bank of Sweden Prize for Economics in memory of Alfred Nobel (also known as the Nobel prize in economics), has been awarded to BIT’s long-time friend and colleague Richard Thaler. We are totally delighted for him, and for the field. Richard is the third behavioural scientist to win […]

October 9, 2017


How to nudge yourself: Think Small now in audiobook

We wrote Think Small because we recognised that many of the core ideas used by the Behavioural Insights Team to develop public policy could be used by all of us to achieve our personal and work goals. Think Small is a framework that sets out seven steps that any of us can take to achieve […]

September 26, 2017


Behavioural Science Executive Education Programme – register your interest now

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Warwick Business School (WBS) have launched an Executive Education Programme. We think it’s one of the first programmes of its kind – a collaboration between an academic institution and BIT that combines a deep dive into the academic literature with a practical focus on solving real world problems. The […]

August 17, 2017


Be the Business: boosting productivity in the UK

This morning saw the launch of ‘Be the Business’, the new movement from the UK’s Productivity Leadership Group (PLG). The breakfast event was glitzy and polished, hosted in the cool London base of Channel 4, rather than a standard conference venue. An interesting element is that it is led by business, for business. Charlie Mayfield, […]

July 11, 2017


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


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


Applying behavioural insights to the Rio Olympics

With the Rio Olympics drawing to a close, we’ve taken some time to reflect on the behavioural insights that could be applied to this year’s games. What it means to an athlete to win a gold, silver or bronze medal; what factors might lead to a win; and the small changes that can make a […]

August 19, 2016


We’re recruiting in New York and London

BIT North America is looking for exceptional candidates to join us in our New York office as we expand and grow. We have opportunities at various levels and would love to hear from you if you have a real passion and drive to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations. You will be responsible for carrying […]

August 17, 2016


How can government make better use of data science? Insights from the first Data Science & Government Conference

Earlier this year the Behavioural Insights Team, working together with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, hosted a one-day conference exploring the topic of data science and government. The conference attracted 200 participants from across government, industry, and academia. In his opening remarks, David Halpern, BIT’s CEO and the National Advisor on […]

August 3, 2016


We’re recruiting in London and Manchester

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for several Advisors and Senior Advisors to work on a number of projects with partners across different policy areas. These roles offer the opportunity to develop new solutions to some of the UK government’s most pressing challenges as well as aiding international governments and organisations to develop behaviourally informed […]

July 27, 2016