Understanding the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of behavioural economics
Learning how we can meaningfully predict and influence human behaviour ‘for good’
Critically examining applications and case studies from real world policy settings
Developing a methodology, mindset, and framework to design and implement behavioural change techniques to policy problems
Behavioural Insights have overhauled traditional economic thinking, leading to the birth of behavioural economics which combines some of the best ideas in Economics, Psychology and the other social sciences to vastly improve our understanding of the decision-making process - both rational and irrational (Winning three Nobel Prizes in the past).
Most importantly, it provides us with practical, scientific tools to help people make better decisions, and improve the impact of policy actions as seen through the meteoric growth of ‘Nudge Units’ globally.
The most important goal of this program is to give you an in-depth understanding of the work done by some of these scholars and practitioners, and make you an expert at understanding, diagnosing and designing behavioural change interventions that help people make better decisions and achieve policy or social welfare outcomes.
In order to achieve this goal, the course has been designed into a 4 week program with 2 in-depth online classroom sessions a week which will be filled with discussions, case studies - related to both short term and long term behavioural change across diverse settings, in-class experiments, post-class readings and most importantly, practical problems where you will have to apply everything that you are learning.
The course is designed to take you through a journey through the mind - where we will explore both the rational and irrational aspects of how people make decisions, deep dive into the practical aspects of connecting people’s actions and choices to behavioural insights, and designing interventions using handpicked behavioural principles and frameworks.
Since, experimentation is a critical part of any behavioural change design, we will learn the diverse tools and designs related to the science of experiments.
Very importantly, as our faculty members have experience in successfully establishing a behavioural science practice, we will give you hand held advice on how you can foster your own practice, and also the different operating models of nudge units in case you plan to scale up applications within your organisation.
Who should apply
Behavioural Insights in Public Policy is created for policy/change makers with a wide range of backgrounds, policy areas and responsibilities.
Recommended applicants include:
Working professionals in national, state/district/provincial and local governments who wish to apply behavioural insights to public policy interventions
Working professionals from foundations/non-government and nonprofit organisations who work on public policy issues and wish to increase the impact and delivery of the projects they undertake.
Students eager to build a career in public policy/social change.
A background in economics, statistics, psychology, sociology or any other specific discipline is not a pre-requisite.