Behavioural economics

Behavioural microeconomics


Applying behavioural insights to return to work

It is widely recognised that long-term absence from work is harmful to physical and mental wellbeing. Returning safely and quickly to work has strong benefits for the individual, their family, employer and the broader sustainability of the workers compensation system. In March 2013, the Department...
Briefing paper

What is tax salience?

Tax salience is a relatively new field of economic research, which emphasises that the way in which taxes are displayed can affect how they influence the economy. In particular, it emphasises that people are more likely to change their behaviour in response to highly visible...

Understanding people, better outcomes: Behavioural Insights in NSW

This report highlights the work of the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU) in the years 2012-2014.

Investing in our young people: Akaupokotuanga i ta tatou mapu no te au tuatau ki mua

Although most young people engage in positive life activities and become healthy adults, some become involved in risky behaviours. This has long been a concern for families, health professionals, policy makers and academics. Despite considerable research and the construction of a range of theories and...

Construction supply chain economics

This publication presents real-world case studies to combine theory and practice to describe the economic structural and behavioural characteristics of sectors integral to the construction industry performance. It details 'everyday' experiences and procurement decisions made by people in firms in the industry related to projects...

Behavioural economics and public policy: Roundtable Proceedings

This roundtable explored the application of behavioural economics to public policy development and addressed two main questions: how do behavioural economic insights help policy makers achieve given policy goals more effectively; and can the findings of behavioural economics be used to support or justify a...
Working paper

The activation of environmental norms: an illustrated model

The paper considers how the Schwartz model of helping behaviour can be extended to encompass situations where individuals have the opportunity to cooperate with others, and contribute to the provision of public environmental goods.