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Behavioural Insights and Public Policy

Lessons from Around the World

Published on March 01, 2017

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“Behavioural insights”, or insights derived from the behavioural and social sciences, including decision making, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, organisational and group behaviour, are being applied by governments with the aim of making public policies work better. As their use has become more widespread, however, questions are being raised about their effectiveness as well as their philosophical underpinnings. This report discusses the use and reach of behavioural insights, drawing on a comprehensive collection of over 100 applications across the world and policy sectors, including consumer protection, education, energy, environment, finance, health and safety, labour market policies, public service delivery, taxes and telecommunications. It suggests ways to ensure that this experimental approach can be successfully and sustainably used as a public policy tool.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Why bother? Context and approach
What's going on? Insights from the behavioural insight case studies
Where to go next? Shaping a policy and research agenda
Behavioural insights case studies: Consumer protection
Behavioural insights case studies: Education
Behavioural insights case studies: Energy
Behavioural insights case studies: Environment
Behavioural insights case studies: Financial products
Behavioural insights case studies: Health and safety
Behavioural insights case studies: Labour market
Behavioural insights case studies: Public service delivery
Behavioural insights case studies: Tax
Behavioural insights case studies: Telecommunications
Additional behavioural insights case studies
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Interested in reading over 100 case studies showing the application of behavioural insights to public policy around the world?

The OECD publication Behavioural Insights and Public Policy: Lessons from Around the World presents the results of a first-of-its-kind survey of behavioural insights units around the world.

Below you can find a video explaining the key findings of the report, as well as reactions and messages from partners and practitioners from across the world.


OECD

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Australia

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Hilary Viney
Australian Securities and Investments Commission

 

Canada

 

Andre Patry
Canada Revenue Agency

 

 

 

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Dilip Soman
Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman University of Toronto

 

Colombia

 

Juan Manuel Wilches Duran
Commission for Communications Regulation

 

Costa Rica


 

Francisco Alpizar
EfD Central America, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) 

 

 Denmark

 

Pelle Hansen
The European Nudge Network (TEN)

 

European Commission

 

Joana Sousa Lourenco
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Foresight and Behavioural Insights Unit 

 

France

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Mariam Chammat and Stephan Giraud
Le secrétariat général pour la modernisation de l’action publique (SGMAP)

 

Ireland

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Pete Lunn
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

 

Italy

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Alberto Biancardi
The Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI)

 

Nadia Linciano
The Regulatory Authority for Financial Markets (Consob)

 

Qatar

 

Fadi Makki
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

 

Singapore

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Kok Ping Soon
Ministry of Manpower

 

South Africa

 

Ammaarah Kamish
Western Cape Government

 

United Kingdom

 

David Halpern
The Behavioural Insights Team 

 

Jonathan Porter
Ofcom

 

Martin Lodge
London School of Economics and Public Policy, Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation

 

United States 

 

Iris Bohnet
Harvard Kennedy School Centre for Public Leadership, Behavioural Insights Group (BIG) 

 

Katy Davis
ideas42

 

United Nations 

 

Malika Bhandarkar and Benjamin Kumpf
United Nations Development Programme

 
 

Sara Castro de Hallgren  
United Nations Environment Programme

 
       

   

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Read the summary !!! OECD Conferences on Behavioural Insights, 11-12 May 2017

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FURTHER INFORMATION


Any questions? Please contact Mr. Faisal Naru for more information.