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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

Modernising consumer markets: the Consumer Green Paper

At BIT, we are passionate about ensuring that consumers benefit from well-functioning markets — from better deals to higher quality services. We want governments, regulators and businesses to, in Richard Thaler’s phrase, ‘nudge for good’. The UK Government’s Consumer Green Paper, published yesterday, encourages just that. The Green Paper is a well-evidenced account of the […]

April 12, 2018

We’re launching two Behavioural Science Joint MRes/PhD scholarships

We are pleased to announce the launch of the two Behavioural Science Joint MRes/PhD scholarships, a collaboration between the Behavioural Insights Team and University College London’s School of Management. These five-year scholarships* will run from fall 2018. Appropriate topics can be from any area of behavioural science and public policy or public management, which fit […]

March 9, 2018

What employers should do about their gender pay gaps

For the first time in history, employers with 250 or more employees in the UK are required by law to publicly report their gender pay gaps. The gender pay gap is not the same as unequal pay. Unequal pay means paying men and women differently for performing similar work (and is unlawful). By contrast, the […]

March 8, 2018

20 per cent fewer calories by 2024: the new target from Public Health England

One in three children is leaving primary school overweight or obese. Last week we wrote about the launch of a new programme by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity that aims to change this fact. Today Public Health England added to the calls for action by revealing that children are consuming between 140 and 500 excess […]

March 6, 2018

Tackling inner-city childhood obesity

This week saw the launch of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity’s report; ‘Bite Size: Breaking down the challenge of inner-city childhood obesity.’ Rising childhood obesity is often seen as a classic wicked issue, rising inexorably around the world year after year. It also varies by geographical area and social class, cruelly concentrated in the most […]

March 2, 2018