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Inside the Nudge Unit
Thu 19 January 2017, 18:15 – 20:00 GMT
Policy and Practice Series: 'Inside the Nudge Unit: How Experiments can change Human Behaviour and Government Policy'
Behavioural scientist Dr David Halpern heads up the Nudge Unit, the UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team, now floated off as a social purpose company. It pioneered using behavioural economics to examine and influence human behaviour, to nudge us into making better decisions. He will discuss the subtle solutions that have led to big improvements across tax, healthcare, pensions, employment, crime reduction, energy conservation; as well as the growing evidence from the wider movement of What Works centres.
David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team. He has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in July 2013. He supports the What Works Network and leads efforts to improve the use of evidence across government. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioural insights and wellbeing, including Social Capital (2005), the Hidden Wealth of Nations (2010), Inside the Nudge Unit (2015) and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.