MINDSPACE Behavioural Economics

Update: Professor Cass Sunstein, co-author of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, will speak at the Institute for Government on 22 March 2013.

Background

New insights from science and behaviour change could lead to significantly improved outcomes, and at a lower cost, than the way many conventional policy tools are used.

MINDSPACE: Influencing behaviour through public policy was published by the Institute for Government and the Cabinet Office on 2 March 2010.

The report explores how behaviour change theory can help meet current policy challenges, such as how to:

  • reduce crime
  • tackle obesity
  • ensure environmental sustainability.

Today's policy makers are in the business of influencing behaviour - they need to understand the effects their policies may be having. The aim of MINDSPACE is to help them do this, and in doing so get better outcomes for the public and society.

Blogs

MINDSPACE grows up – behavioural economics in government

Reaction

"brilliant" - Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary

"this is the best report of its kind - it is reflective and practical at the same time. It introduces us in a critical and sophisticated way to the ideas behind behavioural change and offers realistic ways forward about how to do it and make it work" - Professor Gerry Stoker, Professor of Politics and Governance, University of Southampton

"An excellent report, and a great summary of behaviour change policy." - Daniel Ratchford, Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure, London Borough of Sutton