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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


BBC One Documentary “The Truth About Obesity”, 8pm tonight: tune in

One windy day last September, I found myself standing in a barn near Milton Keynes, watching people eat pork pies. The reason? The BBC had asked us to run an experiment based on our research that people greatly under-report what they eat, and that the problem is getting worse over time. We already know it’s […]

April 26, 2018


Robert Putnam: celebrating his incredible contribution to the study of social capital

There’s lots of hyperbole around, but it’s not difficult to argue that Robert Putnam is the most impactful political scientist alive. It was a strange blend of emotions, then, for those of us gathered at Harvard to mark his retirement last week. Most scholars hope to achieve a major breakthrough in their career. Putnam achieved […]

April 23, 2018


Green means go: how to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare

More than four million people are waiting for specialist care in the NHS. At worst, people can wait more than a year for treatment. In many cases people have the option to choose an alternative, nearby service with shorter waiting times—but do not do so. Why is this? Sometimes people have a strong preference for […]

April 20, 2018


Unemployed after 40 years: what next?

Keith Lowe worked at the BHP steelworks in Newcastle, a regional city in Australia, for nearly 40 years before it closed in 1999. Despite the shock of closure, Keith walked out of the steelworks’ gates for the last time with confidence in his future. Keith likes using his hands. Before the steelworks closed he took […]

April 17, 2018


Fomentando la asistencia de los directores a las escuelas en Perú

(This post is also available in English) El ausentismo docente en las escuelas puede ser divertido para los estudiantes. Si le pedimos que recuerde un día escolar en el que faltó un profesor, probablemente vendrán a su memoria imágenes de caras sonrientes, una película o un juego afuera. Desafortunadamente, investigaciones previas han demostrado que incluso unos días de […]

April 13, 2018