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BX2018: Diverse approaches to improving gender diversity

This is the first in a series of blog posts in the lead up to the Behavioural Exchange 2018 conference in Sydney. It continues the ongoing conversation that we, as a global organisation, have been having about diversity, and the role Behavioural Insights can play in improving gender equality. To talk about our recent work […]

May 21, 2018

Are you well-calibrated? Results from a survey of 1,154 BIT readers

We recently invited blog readers to test whether their decision-making was affected by cognitive bias – and more than 1,000 of you took us up on the offer. Our survey showed people ten statements, then asked: whether they thought each statement was true or false, and how confident they were that their answer was correct. This […]

May 21, 2018

A changing lens: fixed-odds betting machines, civil society and UKRI

We often say that behavioural science can be used for good or bad, just like any form of knowledge. One of the troubling applications – though brilliant in its own way – can be to nudge people to gamble too much. This week saw the decision to dramatically curtain the sums that can be gambled […]

May 18, 2018

National Numeracy Day: take the test

Suppose you put £100 into a savings account with a guaranteed interest rate of 2% per year. You don’t make any further payments into this account and you don’t withdraw any money. How much would be in the account at the end of the first year, once the interest payment is made? Check your answer […]

May 16, 2018

The benefits of rebalancing childcare

Kids in Finland are unique among their international counterparts – they are the only children to spend more time with their dads than with their mums. Could the Finnish model of childcare have lessons for the rest of us? Some research suggests that kids who spend time with their fathers in addition to their mothers […]

May 11, 2018

In the frame: how policy choices are shaped by the way ideas are presented

This is the second blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. ‘Framing effects’ are when people’s views about something change depending on how it is described. Adopting different frames can greatly affect how people perceive a problem and what they consider to […]

May 11, 2018

A behavioural approach to managing money: Ideas and results from the Financial Capability Lab

Today we publish a major report detailing the results of our Financial Capability Lab partnership with the Money Advice Service (MAS) and Ipsos MORI. Some of the early Lab results exploring how credit card terms and conditions could be better explained to customers were published in the Government’s recent Consumer Green Paper. The report we […]

May 10, 2018

Inflated expectations? Our research on how to ask people about inflation

New results published in the Singapore Macroeconomic Review Central banks around the world want to know how people expect prices to change. Why does it matter? Suppose I want a new television. If I expect the price of that TV will be higher next year, I might choose to buy it immediately. I might even […]

May 3, 2018

7 steps to meet your goals: Think Small out in paperback today

Do you always seem to have a couple more drinks than you intended when you go down the pub? Or find yourself routinely coming home from work and unwinding with a G&T? If so, you’re certainly not alone, but the evidence on the impact of regular drinking on our health and life expectancy is becoming […]

May 3, 2018

Behavioural Government: A major new initiative from BIT

Confident about your own decision-making? Take the test. When we present our work or appear on panels, we’re often asked the same question: “But doesn’t government itself suffer from cognitive biases?” It’s an issue close to our hearts, given our origins in government. We first highlighted it in the MINDSPACE report in 2010 (see p55) […]

May 2, 2018