Advances in Well-Being and Policy June 17th Geary Institute
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
2w ago
I am organising a roundtable workshop on June 17th. It will take place between 11am and 3pm in the Geary Institute boardroom with kind venue support from the UCD Geary Institute. The workshop will hear a set of short talks on ongoing developments in the study of subjective well-being and public policy, including the development of national well-being frameworks, advances in subjective well-being measurement, current state of knowledge of connections between well-being, climate, health and policy, and other topics.  Presentation of policy papers, work in progress and/or potential project i ..read more
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The implications of behavioural science for effective climate policy (CAST)
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
1M ago
The UK Climate Change Council council recently released this report that they commissioned from the the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) at Bath. Details from their summary below.  The eight key areas reviewed are: Diet change – reducing high-carbon foods in people’s diets (e.g. meat and dairy). Reducing end-user consumption – encouraging people to reuse and repair goods, recycle, and reduce food waste. Aviation demand – reducing how much people fly. Adaptation – adapting to a changing climate (e.g. extreme heat or flooding). Net Zero ski ..read more
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Behaviourally Informed Health Policy in Ireland
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
1M ago
Below from Robert Murphy in the Irish Department of Health details the latest in a series of reports and publications on behaviourally-informed health policy in Ireland. Further details including links to papers are available on the following website.  This paper reports the impact of a collaborative quality improvement project between the Department of Health, the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), and the Health Service Executive (HSE). It shows that using amended text (SMS) reminder content, informed by behavioural science, reduced DNA rates for outpatient hospital appointments ..read more
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Details on new Behavioural Science Ethics Initiative
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
2M ago
 ? Introducing our Wider World Corporate Behavioural Science Ethics Initiative ? Our Wider World seminars have seen speakers from around the world discuss issues at the heart of the application of behavioural science in public and private settings. ? One addition to the seminars has been the creation of behavioural science and wider world projects. Each year, groups of students work with faculty and researchers on cutting-edge topics that are converted into white papers and similar. ? One project from this has been the development of the FORGOOD ethics framework for corp ..read more
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Pension Autoenroment Irish Edition
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
2M ago
After at least two decades of being actively considered in Ireland, pension autoenrolment is now being established as part of the Irish policy system, I spoke at the Citizens assembly on pensions in 2018 and outlined the various factors that might need to be considered where a pension auto-enrolment system to be implemented in Ireland. (here is a post on this blog from 2011 discussing a previous version of autoenrolment for Ireland that eventually got stalled).  Key features of the scheme include: - 1)Phased Implementation All employees not already in an occupational pension scheme o ..read more
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Daniel Kahneman RIP
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
2M ago
The news arrived this week of the death of Daniel Kahneman at age 90. Kahneman was a noted psychologist obviously and his work with Amos Tversky had a foundational influence on the development of behavioural economics and a range of related fields. His work on prospect theory and judgement and biases were already heavily embedded in several areas when he was jointly awarded the Nobel prize in 2002. Several popular talks and his book Thinking Fast and Slow made him known to a much wider public audience in the later phase of his life.  I met him on a couple of occasions. I was a fellow at ..read more
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Nudging away from minimum payments in credit cards
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
4M ago
Disclaimer: I sometimes discuss live policy issues on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and do not represent the views of LSE or any other entity. A recent NBER paper by Benedict Gutmann-Kenney, Paul Adams, Stefan Hunt, David Laibson, Neil Stewart, and Jesse Leary examines what happens when you remove the minimum payment anchor from credit cards. Abstract below.  We run a field experiment and a survey experiment to study an active choice nudge. Our nudge is designed to reduce the anchoring of credit card payments to the minimum payment. In our field experiment, the nudge reduce ..read more
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Ethical Nudging in Corporate Settings
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
4M ago
There are several places on this blog where we have covered ethical issues in applying behavioural science (reading list here, link to our FORGOOD ethics framework here, blogpost on recent ideas and applications in incorporating ethical issues in behavioural science here).  As part of our wider world initiative at the Department, our students work in groups to examine different aspects of how behavioural science is integrated into institutions. Thanks to Annabel Gillard and Bishin Ho from last year's group for working on a project that examined the extent to which the FORGOOD framework co ..read more
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Desludging the Irish Tax System
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
4M ago
Disclaimer: I sometimes discuss live policy issues on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and do not represent the views of LSE or any other entity.  The Irish Revenue Service has a solid track record of engaging with behavioural science and related literature e.g. see their 2017 working paper outlining a range of experiments and data work over the previous decade. (See also a paper from the Irish Department of Finance on behavioural economics and tax policy here). Recently, the Irish government have been engaging in a campaign to help citizens avoid overpaying tax. Some details ..read more
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New Paper: The Distributive Effects of Administrative Burdens on Decision Making
economics, psychology, policy
by Liam Delaney
4M ago
I posted previously about our recent paper (with Lucie Martin and Orla Doyle) on administrative burdens and inequality. That paper used episode reconstruction methods to examine the distributional aspects of administration. A follow-up paper now published in the excellent Journal of Behavioural Public Administration examines the distributional impacts of administrative burdens on decision-making using choice experiments. The abstract is below and paper is linked here.  Administrative burdens may discourage people, especially vulnerable groups, from acting in their own best interest ..read more
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