Policy

Dancing to the Tunes of a Choice Architect

Choice architecture can help policymakers or marketers tweak a decision-making environment to influence the final outcome.

The Impact of Community Trust on Low-Income Individuals

The poor may lack in material wealth relative to the rich, but they possess social wealth in the shape of their communities upon which they can draw.

The Devil You (Expect to) Know: Imagined Contact and Political Reconciliation

Seeing the person on the other end of that Twitter argument as a human being could be a powerful antidote to the demonization of our political rivals.

Government Nudging in the Age of Big Data

Instead of applying and re-applying nudges as ‘best-guesses’, governments can tailor very specific, personalized behavioural nudges to individuals and small groups.

Texting Our Way to the Polls, Three Friends at a Time

Through implementation intentions and social influence, campaigners can build on behavioral science research and shape a new generation of civic engagement.

Behavioral Science 101: The Next Frontier Of Social Progress

Behavioral science research has thus far been mostly confined to labs and academia. We want to buck that trend by applying these lessons to the social sector.

Behavioral Science Is Quietly Revolutionizing City Governments

Understanding why people make certain choices allows city leaders to influence them toward behaviour that increases city efficiency.

Society’s Biggest Problems Need More Than a Nudge

When it comes to many of the big decisions faced by governments – and the private sector – behavioral science has more to offer than simple nudges.

Will A Tax On Disposable Bags Curb Their Use?

Given the growing popularity of disposable bag regulations, this begs the question: have any successfully changed consumer behavior?

Nudges: Social Engineering or Sensible Policy?

Nudges don't mandate behaviors like laws, but are nudges manipulating people into decisions they would not endorse upon reflection?

Globalization Policy (2/2): Winners, Losers, And Solutions

In a world that seems directed towards more closure, can we find solutions that are both efficient, fair and, most importantly, inclusive?

What If Your Neighbours Knew Whether You Voted?

Our voting records are public. In this article we explore how we can use behavioral insights to leverage this in order to fix the problem of low voter turnout.

Globalization Policy (1/2): Is The Negative Narrative Justified?

In a world that seems directed towards more closure, can we find solutions that are efficient, fair and, most importantly, inclusive?

To Nudge, or Adjudge? That’s the Enviro-Policy Question

Looking at enviro-policy, insights from behavioral economics offer the implementation of nudges as a more innovative solution to traditional carbon taxes.

To Marry Or Not To Marry? A Behavioral Science Perpsective

Roughly 39,000 children are married every day, pushing them further into poverty and despair. In this article, we explore how behavioral science can help.

Science Denial Isn’t Only A Conservative Problem

Scientists have often counted on liberals and Democrats to support their political causes, including climate legislation.

Your Vote Counts, But Does It Matter?

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. Why does voter turn out continue to be an issue?

How Decision Science Could Have Changed World History

In a historically close election, the outcome of the 2000 U.S election in the end turned on which candidate carried Florida.

To Be Right or Liked? Evaluating Political Decision-Making

We can share our worldview like never before, yet we often feel worlds apart when assessing our shared reality.

Drone Policy (1/3): Reducing The Human Cost

During one five month period between Jan. 2012 and Feb. 2013 almost 90% of those killed in American drone strikes were not the intended targets.

Bridging The Divide Between Decision Science And Policy

The vast majority of decision scientists lack the resources, time, access, and incentives to directly influence policy decisions. We propose a solution to this issue.

Signs That The Government Is Embracing Behavioral Science

President Obama ordered government agencies to use behavioral science insights to “better serve the American people.”