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Challenges of Experimental Government and Public Policy Series

Behavioural Government: Debiasing the policy-making process
When Oct 11, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College
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Contact Phone +44(0)7794 505 815
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Mark Egan (Behavioural Insights Team)

Mark is an Advisor working in the Behavioural Insights Team. His projects include examining the effect of cognitive biases on government decision-making and the behavioural factors which affect non urgent attendances at hospital emergency departments. Mark holds a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Stirling.

Governments are increasingly using behavioural insights to design their policies and services. Applying these insights means governments adopting a more realistic view of human behaviour by taking into account how cognitive biases affect the behaviour of citizens.

'Behavioural Government' describes how government officials are themselves affected by the same biases they try to address in others, and offers practical solutions for overcoming these biases.

For further information, please see the attached lecture series Programme

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