Inside the Nudge Unit

Inside the Nudge Unit : How small changes can make a big difference

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Every day we make countless decisions, from the small, mundane things to tackling life's big questions, but we don't always make the right choices. Behavioural scientist Dr David Halpern heads up Number 10's 'Nudge Unit', the world's first government institution that uses behavioural economics to examine and influence human behaviour, to 'nudge' us into making better decisions. Seemingly small and subtle solutions have led to huge improvements across tax, healthcare, pensions, employment, crime reduction, energy conservation and economic growth. Adding a crucial line to a tax reminder brought forward millions in extra revenue; refocusing the questions asked at the job centre helped an extra 10 per cent of people come off their benefits and back into work; prompting people to become organ donors while paying for their car tax added an extra 100,000 donors to the register in a single year. After two years and dozens of experiments in behavioural science, the results are undeniable. And now David Halpern and the Nudge Unit will help you to make better choices and improve your life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 239 x 36mm | 660g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • W H Allen
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753556537
  • 9780753556535
  • 482,471

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"A must-read account of one of the Cameron government's best innovations. Inside the Nudge Unit is a brilliant guide to making any organisation not just more effective, but more human" Steve Hilton, former Senior Advisor to David Cameron and author of More Human "David Halpern has written a magnificent book about a revolution at the heart of the British government. It's a riveting tale - and essential reading for anyone who wants to know how to make big changes happen" Rohan Silva, former Senior Advisor to David Cameron and co-founder of Second Home "David Halpern presents a masterclass on how to embed behavioural insights into the fabric of an organisation. This book is full of numerous examples on not just excellent behaviourally informed programs as well as terrific practical advice on how to get these programs up and running!" Dilip Soman, India Innovation Institute "Intriguing" The Sunday Times Culture Magazine "If you want to understand how things work - or, as is more often the case, how they don't - David Halpern's Inside the Nudge Unit explains how to change people's behaviour in subtle but profound ways. Politicians of all parties, whether winners or losers this year, could learn from it." Guardianshow more

About David Halpern

Dr David Halpern is currently Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and the UK's National Adviser on What Works. Prior to this, David was Chief Analyst in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (2001-2007), and has held academic positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard. The work of BIT has led to numerous changes in government policy - from different ways of spending and saving money, to changes in regulation and legislation - and above all, to remarkable results.show more

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"David Halpern presents a masterclass on how to embed behavioural insights into the fabric of an organisation. This book is full of numerous examples on not just excellent behaviourally informed programs as well as terrific practical advice on how to get these programs up and running!"show more

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