Are there any more low-hanging behavioural insights fruit to be gathered? Are BI units now mostly in the business of replicating each other’s trials? Come along to hear from some of the world’s leading BI practitioners argue for and against the proposition, “There are no more ‘easy wins’ in applied behavioural insights.” They will challenge you to stretch your imagination as you think of creative applications of BI to more and more policy arenas. Then you will have an opportunity to vote for the team you think has won the debate!
Facilitator: Shea Houlihan
David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and Board Director. 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.
Dilip Soman is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a co-director of the University’s “Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman [BEAR]” research centre. He has also served as the inaugural director of the University’s India Innovation Institute, and has previously taught at the University of Colorado and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dilip holds a Ph.D. in Behavioural Science (Chicago), an M.B.A. (Indian Institute of Management) and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (Bombay).
Dr Gigi Foster is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales. She works in many literatures, including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy, publishing in a wide variety of economics and multidisciplinary outlets. In 2013 she published a broad behavioral-economics treatise with Cambridge University Press, An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups, and Networks, joint with Paul Frijters.
Julia Fetherston co-founded and leads BeSmart, the Boston Consulting Group’s Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Insights initiative. She champions the use of behavioral insights to improve product and service design and delivery across organizations in the public and private sector, in every sector and country the firm operates in. Julia has a Master in Public Policy Degree from Harvard Kennedy School. Julia’s first book with co-author Simon Mueller “The Decision Maker’s Playbook” will be published in December 2018.