Nudging Works. Now, Do More With It.

With the release of the SBST and BIT annual reports last week, Cass Sunstein takes a moment to reflect on the past, present, and future of behavioral science units in governments. The list of units and their achievements are growing, yet Sunstein acknowledges the reaction that this is “small-scale stuff”. He calls upon governments to increase application of behavioral science to tackle society’s most serious challenges.

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Qatar launches first Nudge Unit in the Middle East

The Qatar Secretary General’s office launched a Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU) in August, the first of its kind in the region. The unit will be led by Dr. Fadi Makki to leverage existing programs and experiment with policy changes.

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Interview with Richard Thaler, Part 3 of 3

“In the third and final part of their interview, Richard Thaler and Syon Bhanot delve into the replicability problem in psychology, whether behavioral economics needs to focus on "bigger problems," and close with a lightning round on topics such as the underrepresentation of women in economics, boring conferences, and which economist is the best golfer.”

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Behavioral Science and Marketing Summit

Top applied psychologists are gathering with senior industry leaders on October 11th in San Francisco for this inaugural summit. This event is invite only and has been opened to members of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. Use promotion code “BSPA” for 30% off ticket price. The event is sponsored by Walmart and all proceeds will go to the Rescue Foundation which rescues sexually trafficked minors in India.

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