Behavioural economics

Alternate Term Label:
Behavioural insights
Behavioural microeconomics
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Behavioural government: using behavioural science to improve how governments make decisions

Governments are increasingly using behavioural insights to design, enhance and reassess their policies and services. This report explores how this happens – and how any bias can be addressed or mitigated. To do this, this report focuses on three core activities of policymaking: noticing, deliberating...
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Promoting compliance through behavioural insights

This report looks at how behavioural insights techniques could be applied to reduce costs and barriers to access for employers and employees who use the Fair Work Commission’s services, and improve overall compliance with unfair dismissal and enterprise agreement lodgment requirements.
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Understanding our political nature

The aim of this report is to bring insights from the behavioural sciences, social sciences and humanities to update our picture of human political behaviour. This understanding will then hopefully provide solid foundations to improve policymaking, enabling scientific evidence and reason to contribute to democracy.
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Behavioral science around the world: profiles of 10 countries

As more and more policymakers become interested in establishing behavioral insights units, this report provides some useful background on how others have made it work in a variety of country and government contexts, and the projects that have been particularly successful.
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Applying behavioural insights: simple ways to improve health outcomes

This report makes the case for using behavioural insights to improve health and healthcare worldwide. We provide case studies where this approach has already been put into practice successfully, and offer practical advice about how to apply behavioural insights. There are many opportunities to improve...
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Applying behavioural insights to labour markets

This report looks at the available evidence and draws out the broader insights learned from the work that BIT and others have done in this space, with an eye to what is practical and universal. Its objective is to give policymakers and researchers around the...
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Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place: experiences of people in the UK and Ireland

This report presents findings from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness in communities and public services. The data reveals a reassuring and yet complex picture of kindness in the UK and Ireland, with generally high levels of kindness reported, but at the same time...
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The INSPIRE Framework: how public administrators can increase compliance with written requests using behavioral techniques

This article reports that a growing body of behaviour change literature has identified techniques that can be used in written correspondence to influence behaviour.
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Improving tax compliance: deductions for work-related expenses

This project provides another example of the returns to government from small changes informed by behavioural insights. BETA partnered with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to reduce work-related expense claims by $2.2 million and increase tax paid by $0.9 million with a simple letter sent...
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How to increase voluntary participation in justice programs

This report aims to identify key behavioural drivers and barriers for engaging in voluntary, behaviour-based offender programs and to understand the behavioural characteristics and experiences of unsupervised offenders and what impacts their motivation and likelihood to engage in future support.