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An end to reckon-based policymaking?

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Of all the words to cause an economist’s heart to sink, there is nothing quite like a politician opening a sentence with ‘I reckon’. A ‘reckon’, or hunch, may do …

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A soft-touch approach to tax compliance.

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A soft-touch approach to tax compliance. Tax collectors are used to less-than-enthusiastic compliance, but that doesn’t make non-payment any less infuriating. People who file their taxes, accept their bill, and …

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No one likes losing.

In Blog by The Behaviouralist

Every winter, the UK finds itself wrestling with a flu outbreak. The government runs a vaccination programme targeting the young and elderly, but people still get sick and die. Imagine …

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Thinking outside the penalty box.

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This blog post is a bit different. A lot of the articles we write try to show you how we change people’s behaviour; the principles we rely on, our successful …

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Presents, the present and pensions.

In Blog by The Behaviouralist

I am going to begin this article by making three predictions about your behaviour. The first is that you left wrapping your Christmas gifts later than you planned to. The …

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Do nudges crowd each other out?

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Whether by design or by happenstance, nudges are all around us. Our behavior is designed through these informational or environmental changes that influence our behavior without changing financial incentives. Think …