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Policy tribes: How allegiances can harm policy making

This is the seventh blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Why might members of one group involved in making policy reject the arguments coming from another group, even if they are good ones? This kind of “inter-group opposition” builds on a few […]

June 22, 2018


BX2018: Scaling effective health interventions across the globe

This blog post is the last in a series that we are writing in the lead up to the 2018 Behavioural Exchange. It outlines our recent work in health, which is the focus of one of the breakout sessions. As health has been an area that we’ve worked in for a while, we wanted to […]

June 22, 2018


The minefield of modern dating: why businesses need to up their game on the small print

Putting your photo and personal information on an online dating site is a hopeful act, whether you’re looking for a lifelong companion or something more… short term. It’s also a show of trust – and not just between you and your fellow users. You are putting your trust in the dating site to use your […]

June 21, 2018


Keeping your eye on the ball: a defense of self-control

We’re all excited to watch England kick off their World Cup campaign this evening against Tunisia. Like workplaces around the country, we will be getting together with a few drinks to celebrate England’s resurgence (…or perhaps distract us from something more underwhelming). Either way, we should all spare a thought for those sitting their A-levels […]

June 18, 2018


Watch: how to tackle the gender pay gap

Many employers want to make real improvements  to gender equality and diversity, but choosing which actions to implement can be challenging. There’s a gap between established practice and evidence. For example, employers could be forgiven for thinking that adding one woman to a shortlist is an effective way to hire more women into senior positions […]

June 15, 2018


The illusion of similarity

This is the sixth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. The “illusion of similarity” is where policy makers have inaccurate assumptions about what people think or know, and inaccurate predictions about how people will act. This can cause policy makers to think […]

June 14, 2018


BX2018: Helping people save on their energy

This blog post is the third in a series that we are writing in the lead up to the 2018 Behavioural Exchange in Sydney. It outlines our recent work in energy markets, which is the focus of one of the breakout sessions. As energy has been an area that we’ve worked in for a while, […]

June 11, 2018


The problem with groups

This is the fifth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Thomas Hobbes, in one of the first modern treatises on government, recognised that, in groups, advisers are ‘not moved by their own sense, but by the eloquence of another, or for […]

June 8, 2018


Call for papers about Social Norms

Of all the interventions that have come to the fore since the behavioural revolution in government, perhaps the most prominent has been the use of social norms to encourage behaviours. Whether it’s encouraging people to pay their taxes on time, getting doctors to reduce their antibiotic prescriptions or boosting classroom attendance, these norms are now […]

June 8, 2018


What should government pay attention to?

This is the fourth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. You might say – whatever the public cares about. The fact that people care about an issue is of course important in a democracy – no politician will last long if […]

June 1, 2018