The Network for Integrated Behavioural Science - The Science of Consumer Behaviour

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Economics

Abstract

Changes in the domain and complexity of consumer decision making raise key challenges for modern societies. Increasingly governments transfer responsibility for complex decisions away from the state towards the individual. The decline of state provision of social insurance and financial security has seen very important decisions, such as over retirement saving and personal protection insurance, become the responsibility of consumers, just as more familiar but often also highly complex decisions are. This project will drive forward scientific understanding of consumer behaviour in the face of difficult choices and of how public policy can intervene most effectively to promote their success.

The modern consumer faces decisions of bewildering complexity, with choices to be made between numerous options differing from one another in multiple ways. Consider e.g. all the specifications of mobile phone and new car available in typical modern economies, and all the different pension schemes or insurance products. Besides the number and complexity of the options, consumers face uncertainty e.g. about reliability, service quality or resale value. Even when a great deal of information is available, it may be framed by firms or suppliers in ways intended to induce particular customer responses e.g. via complex utility tariffs or terms and conditions for financial products. Many choices involve consideration of costs and benefits spread over time, e.g. lifestyle and savings decisions, or large consumer durable purchases.

Decades of research in behavioural science and psychology, and recent developments in behavioural economics, show that many individuals find even quite simple decisions difficult, are not always consistent, and often behave in ways reflecting biased or poor decision processes. The results can be highly detrimental to consumers concerned and, sometimes, to wider society.

Our research programme, drawing on economics and psychology and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary behavioural science, will advance understanding of consumer behaviour. Theme 1 will study foundations of individual choice, with particular attention to decision processes and consumers' responses to features of their environment. Theme 2 will examine how firms frame and structure environments for actual and potential customers in the light of behavioural characteristics of consumers of varying sophistication. It will focus on how firms' strategies affect and are in turn affected by competition between firms. Understanding this interaction is vital to successful regulation of consumer markets. Theme 2 will also study the form of appropriate regulation directly, in collaboration with UK regulatory bodies. Theme 3 will apply lessons of behavioural science to personal and household financial decision making - an area of consumer behaviour that typifies the combination of choice between multiple, complex products; uncertainty; time; and potential for serious consumer detriment.

The work will be carried out by a team that is built out of, and develops, the existing Network for Behavioural Science, the hub of which is a partnership between leading behavioural science groups at the Universities of Nottingham, East Anglia and Warwick. The team will include world-renowned psychologists and economists, emerging scientists and team members with direct experience of consumer market regulation. The team will conduct and publicise research that achieves international academic recognition through publication in top-flight scientific journals and conferences. It will enhance the consumer environment for citizens by influencing policy formulation and consumer market regulation in the UK. By creating new data sets, training and nurturing researchers, and fostering an international research network with links between academics, the private sector and policy makers, the project will increase the research capacity of UK universities in behavioural science.

Planned Impact

The overarching aim of our proposal for continuation of the Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS) is to enhance the understanding of consumer behaviour and the well-being of individuals by improving decision making, the performance of markets, and policy and regulatory interventions in them.

Behavioural science offers transformative insights into how consumers make decisions, how firms respond to consumers, and what regulators and policy makers can do to improve decision making and the functioning of markets. Since its inception, NIBS has been at the forefront of translating academic research in behavioural science into policy-relevant applications. The structure of our future research plan is again to develop foundations and apply them, with the latter a major emphasis of our new research themes. There is scope for wide ranging application of our work across all themes but, given the scale of the project, we prioritise two of the most important areas here: financial decision making and competition policy.

We will expand the scope for influence of our research by developing new links with regulators and industry, forming collaborations with the Centre for Competition Policy and welcoming co-researchers on to the grant who hold Non-Executive Director roles at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the new cross-governmental UK Competition Network. These new project members bring the highest-level partnership with regulators and very extensive experience of bringing behavioural insights to bear on regulatory thinking across the UK policy environment.

We will also develop new ways of working which strengthen interaction and co-production of work with the research user community, by allocating time of post-doctoral research fellows to collaboration with the FCA's Behavioural Economics and Data Science Team, led by Dr Stefan Hunt. We see dedicated postdoctoral appointments as an ideal catalyst for increased collaboration. Postdoctoral fellows will hold academic research positions at NIBS institutions and spend a significant share of their time on location at the FCA, sitting within the FCA team.

We have developed collaborations with behavioural economics and data science groups within industry. One initiative involves collaboration with the data science team in a UK retail bank, a large player in the asset management industry with a 25% market share of privately managed asset portfolios in the UK, who have provided detailed asset trade data together with matched behavioural data from surveys. NIBS researchers have also developed a collaboration with the UK credit card sector and have combined transaction-level records for 1.8 million UK card holders from five credit card companies.

Our research will also inform and influence industry practices. Emerging research suggests that firms may be able to exploit the cognitive and behavioural biases of consumers. The possible resulting need for regulatory intervention provides the context for exciting and much needed future research work. The response of firms to 'behavioural consumers' is a focus of policy interest stressed in recent FCA studies (e.g. of the credit card market) and in other market studies (such as the CMA's Retail Banking Market Investigation).

NIBS researchers will continue to exploit the full scope of potential impacts, building on existing and new pathways, including statutory routes (consultation responses and presentations), expert advisory work and testimony, keynote addresses and contributions to public policy fora. We also seek new horizons of international impact, with a partnership with Gallup to investigate behavioural science issues worldwide. This collaboration has scope to achieve significant impact through dissemination of research findings through the news media.
 
Description The Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS) develops and applies new research to promote understanding of consumer behaviour and to improve performance of products, markets and regulation for consumers. NIBS is at the forefront of translating academic research in behavioural science into policy-relevant application. While there is scope for wide ranging applications of our work we are prioritising two areas in the current phase of NIBS work: financial decision making and competition policy. Since the establishment of NIBS in 2013, we have worked in close collaboration with the financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, undertaking collaborative primary research and advising on policy design in high-profile areas including: the design and implementation of a price cap on payday lending protecting 1.5 million users of payday loans, a market study on the credit card market delivering change to 45 million credit card users, a review of creditworthiness and financial distress across the consumer credit market, and a review of the psychology of attention as applied to marketing and promotion of financial products. NIBS collaborations also extend to industry, with significant collaborations with organisations in the UK financial sector. These collaborations have also led to NIBS researchers publishing co-authored academic and policy papers with policymakers and industry. Behavioural science is also an increasing focus across UK economic regulators more widely, including the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). This is part of the motivation for a new NIBS theme on market responses to behavioural consumers and market regulation. NIBS also has strong links with the third sector and will continue to develop opportunities to inform charities, think tanks and lobby groups. We will provide more information on impacts arising as the work develops.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Evidence submitted to BEIS Consumer Green Paper 'Modernising Consumer Markets' and to BEIS Competition Law Review BL
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consumer-green-paper-modernising-consumer-markets
 
Description Markets that work for all: helping vulnerable consumers - CMA Symposium GL AF
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Presentation to Regulatory Policy Committee NC & AF
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Regulatory Policy Committee carries out independent scrutiny of government regulations. The Committee invited Amelia Fletcher (UEA) and Nick Chater (Warwick) to present at a meeting in March 2018 as they are interested in how behavioural insight can influence regulation, and using behavioural insights as an alternative to regulations. The impact of this work has not yet been fully realised. For details about RPC work www.gov.uk/rpc
 
Description Roundtable on "Regulating for Competition", arranged by the FCA - AF
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Roundtable with CMA on issues arising from the Citizen's Advice super-complaint into loyalty penalties AF
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The CMA has responded to the Super Complaint by issuing a number of recommendations to regulators and government to help stop loyal consumers being ripped off. It has also made recommendations to the FCA and Ofcom in each of the 5 markets, where work is currently underway. More details online: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-tackles-loyalty-penalty-charges
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-to-investigate-loyalty-penalty-super-complaint
 
Description Worked with FCA to design research into Rent-to-Own goods which resulted in a National Consultation JG
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://www.fca.org.uk/publications/consultation-papers/cp18-35-rent-own-alternatives-high-cost-cred...
 
Description Written Report Published as Support Material in a Consultation by Office for Rail and Road NC
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://orr.gov.uk/rail/consultations/pr18-consultations/consultation-on-orrs-policy-on-holding-netwo...
 
Title Survey Tool CVS 
Description Chris Starmer & Emily Wyman (Nottingham), and Umar Taj (Warwick) have developed survey tool for UNDP to evaluate the impact of anti-radicalisation strategies. The tool is based on NIBS 1 work around oneness and cohesion with Simon Gaechter and Fabio Tufano (both Nottingham). 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The tool is not published, but some of the under pining research is (Measuring the Closeness of Relationships: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the 'Inclusion of the Other in the Self' Scale by Simon Gächter, Chris Starmer, Fabio Tufano in PLOS Published 12 June 2015). Data has also been gathered using the tool and preliminary results were presented at a user-facing workshop on Friday 7 December 2018. We are expecting the impact of this tool to grow. 
 
Description Adam Land - Competition and Markets Authority 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Adam Land is a member of our Advisory Group and is invited to attend NIBS events. We reimburse his travel and accommodation costs, and also invite him to join in the discussions/ give presentations to the Network, where appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Adam attends NIBS events and contributes to discussions around policy making.
Impact Any outcomes that result in our collaboration with Adam at the CMA will be recorded under the relevant section of the database.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Albert Weale University College London 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Albert Weale from University College London is a member of our Advisory Group (for NIBS1 and NIBS2) and is invited to our NIBS events. We fund travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable.
Collaborator Contribution Albert is able to attend events and provide advice and support to NIBS.
Impact We value the continued support of our Advisory Group members, and any research collaborations which resulted from this involvement will be listed in the relevant section.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Andrew Colman University of Leicester 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Andrew is a member of our Advisory Group (NIBS1 and NIBS2) and regularly attends and supports NIBS events (we fund travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable).
Collaborator Contribution Andrew Colman regularly attends our events and contributes to these by giving presentations and networking with colleagues.
Impact Andrew is actively involved in research projects with NIBS co-investigators, and in particular is working with Graham Loomes at Warwick (and his colleague Briony Pulford at Leicester). Publications / Working Papers which have been a result of these collaborations are reported in the relevant section of this database.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Approaches to measuring individual creativity MB CVS 
Organisation University of Konstanz
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research on approaches to measuring individual creativity will form part of the PhD project of Malte Baader, and is joint work with Urs Fischbacher (University of Konstanz). This also involves exchange visits between Nottingham and Konstanz.
Collaborator Contribution The work builds on the results of a previous experiment which Malte developed in collaboration with Urs Fischbacher. Urs visited Nottingham In October/November 2018.
Impact The primary objective of the proposed study is to try to develop and test a cost effective, fast and portable tool to measure an individual's creative problem-solving potential. Our hunch is that creativity is a meaningful individual-level characteristic and that understanding heterogeneity in creativity may be an important ingredient in developing and understanding of individual decisions and choice processes. And also that an individual's measured creativity may be predictive of features of their preferences or their choice processes. This has implications for choice-based decision making.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Behavioural Finance University of Hamburg JW 
Organisation University of Hamburg
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joerg Weber undertook a 5-day research visit to the University of Hamburg at the end of February 2018. The purpose of the research visit (funded through the NIBS Exchange Programme) was to work intensively on an existing project, and to deepen the established links with the Chair of Behavioural Finance. The project is about the role of inattention in consumer refinancing decisions, using a proprietary dataset from a large German bank that is exclusively available at the University of Hamburg. The data includes 2 million observations of all bank customers and their transactions who opened a specific revolving loan during the sample period. These customers are offered, by the bank, to switch to a cheaper loan, but many fail to do so. The data is uniquely suited to study the role of inattention on the failure to optimize, because we observe nudges in the form of letters and emails to the consumers, prompting them to refinance to the cheaper loan.
Collaborator Contribution The dataset used for this research is exclusively available at the University of Hamburg.
Impact This project has great potential because inattention is a topic that is currently of great academic and policy interest. The research visit enabled Joerg to take the project to the next level in an intensive face-to-face working period with the Chair of Behavioural Finance at Hamburg; and there are plans to present results to the data-providing bank later in 2018
Start Year 2018
 
Description Behavioural Insights Team Advisory Panel NC 
Organisation Cabinet Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Nick Chater is on the Advisory Panel for the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) - and listed as an Academic Affilate on their website. This is an on-going position through the NIBS1 and NIBS2 funding period.
Collaborator Contribution The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people's lives and communities. The Team has grown from a seven-person unit within UK government to an independent organisation, jointly owned by the UK Cabinet Office, innovation charity Nesta and its employees. Their work has spanned 31 countries in the last year, and they have run more than 750 projects to date, including 400 randomised controlled trials in dozens of countries. They have also launched an Executive Education programme with Warwick Business School.
Impact Nick Chater has not provided details of specific outcomes resulting from this collaboration, but the Behavioural Insights Team works to translate the best of behavioural science into policy and practice, and this collaboration is of benefit to many different consumers.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Carnegie Mellon University 
Organisation Carnegie Mellon University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Carnegie Mellon is one of seven international partners working with NIBS and, as such, we have an ongoing dialogue and several shared research projects and activities. This includes visits by CMU PhD students to UK based NIBS partners, and reciprocal visits to the USA. These include: April 2016 - several CMU members (PhDs and Faculty) attended the NIBS 2016 workshop which took place at UEA, and some presented their work. September 2017 - several NIBS1 members visited CMU for a workshop which was specifically tailored to the research interests of our group Oct/November 2018 - Orestis Kospacheilis visited CMU and met with George Loewentein (CMU) & Valeria Burden (Pittsburgh) to discuss different work including the persuasion project December 2019 - Valeria Burdea (former CeDEx PhD) visited Nottingham for 2 weeks to continue this work with Orestis.
Collaborator Contribution This is a two-way collaboration/ exchange with our international partner.
Impact We are building on the relationship established during NIBS 1 and details of individual outputs (including research papers, workshops and exchange visits) are logged individually in the appropriate section of Researchfish. For example, PhD student David Hagmann (from CMU) visited the University of Nottingham in November 2017 to discuss his research at a Brown Bag Seminar.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Daniel Hausman University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Organisation University of Wisconsin-Madison
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Daniel Hausman University of Wisconsin-Madison is a member of our advisory group (NIBS1 and NIBS2) and is invited to events. We fund accommodation, travel and conference fees where applicable.
Collaborator Contribution Daniel presented at our NIBS1 public conference in April 2016, at the University of East Anglia.
Impact Daniel shared his knowledge/ information at the NIBS 2016 public conference and any outcomes that resulted from this are listed under the relevant section of the database.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Ian Bateman UEA 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ian is a member of our Advisory Group (NIBS1 and NIBS2). He is invited to all our NIBS funded events and we pay for travel, accommodation and conference fees (where applicable).
Collaborator Contribution As a member of the Advisory Group, Ian provides advice, support and guidance to NIBS to help shape our research around NIBS themes and to better link research with policy/ business/ impact.
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description Intuitive cooperation & give/take framing in public goods game and impact of time pressure CVS 
Organisation Dogus University
PI Contribution Chris Starmer has been working specifically on two projects with Ozan Isler - a former visiting scholar to CeDEx in Nottingham 2014-2017, and now Assistant Professor of Experimental and Behavioural Economics at Dogus University, Istanbul The first is around intuitive cooperation and the second is on give/take framing in public goods game and impact of time pressure.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative working by both parties. The 'intuitive cooperation' project also involves J Maule from the University of Leeds.
Impact A paper has been publishes on the work around intuitive cooperation (published PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190560, 2018) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190560 Two experiments have been conducted and a paper is in preparation for submission to Psych Science for the second project around give/take framing.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Julian Le Grand London School of Economics 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Julian Le Grand from London School of Economics is an Advisory Group member (NIBS1 and NIBS2) and invited to events. NIBS funds his travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable.
Collaborator Contribution Julian gave a keynote talk at our NIBS 2016 international public conference which took place at the University of East Anglia (April 2016).
Impact Julian shared his knowledge and information with the NIBS cohort and wider audience at our event in 2016, and any collaborations which resulted from this will be recorded under the relevant output section.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Karen Croxson - Financial Conduct Authority 
Organisation Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Under NIBS1, we developed very close links with the FCA and Stefan Hunt was a member of our Advisory Group, which continued into NIBS2. During 2018 Stefan left the FCA for another post and Karen Croxson agreed to join our Advisory Group to represent the FCA
Collaborator Contribution Karen attended our NIBS September meeting in 2018 and contributed to our discussion around issues of relevance to policy makers. We hope she will continue to engage with us, and in particular with the work around the NIBS2 themes led by John Gathergood and Neil Stewart.
Impact There have been several outcomes from various collaborations between NIBS Co-Investigators and the FCA including, publications, advice and guidance relating to policy. These are all listed under the relevant section in this database.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Max Planck Berlin 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Max Planck Institute in Berlin is one of seven international partners (NIBS1 and NIBS2). There have been various interactions between the two organisations over the years, including: * Sudeep Bhatai (NIBS1 PhD) was invited to give a talk on 16 April 2015. His talk was on the adaptive nature of associative processing, and he expected this topic to interest a large group of scholars at MPI, both due to its emphasis on adaptive judgment, and for its use of a heuristic that is often the subject of criticism from the MPI crowd. * Gordon Brown (Co-Investigator) organised a workshop in Berlin during April 2016 involving both partners and other collaborators * Orestis Kopsacheilis (Post Doc) networked with MPI colleagues at SJDM in New Orleans (2018) and has an open invitation to visit MPI and present hsi research
Collaborator Contribution This is an ongoing partnership with NIBS which involves collaborations and exchange programmes.
Impact Specific outcomes are listed in the relevant section of this database.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Mechanisms behind Nudging Adherence: A Randomised Controlled Trial SB CVS 
Organisation Boots UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NIBS colleagues, the School of Psychology (Nottingham), Boots and various pharmaceutical companies are working together to undertake a national-scale, cross-discipline, investigation to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms behind nudges designed to improve a specific health behaviour: medication adherence. The investigation will take the form of a randomised controlled trial, at the pharmacy level, to test the efficacy of commitment nudges, combined with a mixed methods investigation into the mechanisms leading to the nudge effects. We plan to undertake the research project in two stages. First, a pilot study will be conducted involving 20 independent pharmacies around Nottingham. The second stage will be a scaled-up investigation rolled out nationally across the UK community pharmacy industry.
Collaborator Contribution Colleagues at the School of Psychology and Boots have had input into the design of the investigation, and the actual healthcare interventions will be undertaken by pharmacies.
Impact This is still at an early stage with the pilot expected to run in late 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mechanisms behind Nudging Adherence: A Randomised Controlled Trial SB CVS 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Psychology Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NIBS colleagues, the School of Psychology (Nottingham), Boots and various pharmaceutical companies are working together to undertake a national-scale, cross-discipline, investigation to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms behind nudges designed to improve a specific health behaviour: medication adherence. The investigation will take the form of a randomised controlled trial, at the pharmacy level, to test the efficacy of commitment nudges, combined with a mixed methods investigation into the mechanisms leading to the nudge effects. We plan to undertake the research project in two stages. First, a pilot study will be conducted involving 20 independent pharmacies around Nottingham. The second stage will be a scaled-up investigation rolled out nationally across the UK community pharmacy industry.
Collaborator Contribution Colleagues at the School of Psychology and Boots have had input into the design of the investigation, and the actual healthcare interventions will be undertaken by pharmacies.
Impact This is still at an early stage with the pilot expected to run in late 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Michael Jones-Lee Newcastle University 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Michael Jones-Lee from Newcastle University is a member of our Advisory Group (NIBS1 and NIBS2). He is kept informed of events/ information and news from NIBS and we will fund travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable in order to enable him to attend events.
Collaborator Contribution Michael is able to provide NIBS with advice and guidance.
Impact I'm not directly aware of any impacts, but any outcomes which have resulted from this collaboration will be listed under the relevant section of Researchfish.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Michael Spackman NERA Economic Consulting 
Organisation NERA Consulting
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Michael Spackman NERA Economic Consulting is a member of our Advisory Group (NIBS1 & NIBS2). He is very active and attends almost all of our NIBS events. We provide funding for his travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable.
Collaborator Contribution Michael provides advice, support and guidance to NIBS and also provides written feedback after each event he attends. His provides advice about making research more relevant to business, government and policymakers and is a vital link with our impact agenda.
Impact Michael has provided useful advice and guidance which has helped to shape NIBS events (topic, theme and structure) and the NIBS bidding process (where NIBS funded colleagues bid for funds to undertake relevant work).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Osama Rahman Ministry of Justice 
Organisation Ministry of Justice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Osama Rahman from the Ministry of Justice was a member of our Advisory Group under NIBS1 (and NIBS 2 until April 2018). He was invited to events and NIBS fund travel, accommodation and conference fees where applicable. Osama was appointed as the Department for Education's Director of Analysis and Chief Scientific Adviser in April 2018, when he left his post in the Ministry of Justice. He stepped down from our Advisory Group, however he remains on our stakeholder list and receives our regular NIBS newsletter.
Collaborator Contribution Osama was invited to attend events and was able to provide support & advice to NIBS. Although no longer a member of our Advisory Group, he receives our NIBS newsletter and is welcome to engage with NIBS in the future.
Impact I am not aware of any specific outcomes which arose from this collaboration, other than a sharing of ideas and knowledge.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Stavros Georgiou Health and Safety Executive 
Organisation Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Stavros Georgiou (HSE) is a member of our NIBS Advisory Group (NIBS1 and NIBS2). He is funded to attend NIBS events and conferences (travel, accommodation and meals are provided by NIBS). If Stavros is unable to attend, he often sends a colleague (Bev Bishop) to attend in his place and we have made good links with the HSE through this commitment.
Collaborator Contribution Stavros attends NIBS events and conferences, he feeds back comments about the way forward and provides advice and guidance to NIBS
Impact Stavros and his colleagues at HSE have provided feedback and advice on NIBS, our research and the way forward to help us link research with impact. He is an active Advisory Group member and contributes regularly at NIBS events.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Stefan Hunt - FCA & CMA 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Stefan Hunt is a long-standing member of the NIBS Advisory Group. He attended our NIBS events as a representative of the Financial Conduct Authority until 2018 when he took up a new post at the Competition and Markets Authority. We are very happy he was able to continue his role on our Advisory Group after his new appointment.
Collaborator Contribution Stefan is a member of our NIBS Advisory Group and actively attends events and contributes towards the development of NIBS2 (and previously NIBS1). He is also an Honourary Professor at the University of Nottingham and a member of the School of Economics Advisory Group.
Impact Stefan has presented work at the NIBS events which has led to further collaborations with NIBS colleagues. He works closely with NIBS Co-Investigators John Gathergood and Neil Stewart on issues relating to household finance. This has resulted in several publications, policy briefings and changes to policy - all of which are logged in the relevant section within this database.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Stefan Hunt - FCA & CMA 
Organisation Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Stefan Hunt is a long-standing member of the NIBS Advisory Group. He attended our NIBS events as a representative of the Financial Conduct Authority until 2018 when he took up a new post at the Competition and Markets Authority. We are very happy he was able to continue his role on our Advisory Group after his new appointment.
Collaborator Contribution Stefan is a member of our NIBS Advisory Group and actively attends events and contributes towards the development of NIBS2 (and previously NIBS1). He is also an Honourary Professor at the University of Nottingham and a member of the School of Economics Advisory Group.
Impact Stefan has presented work at the NIBS events which has led to further collaborations with NIBS colleagues. He works closely with NIBS Co-Investigators John Gathergood and Neil Stewart on issues relating to household finance. This has resulted in several publications, policy briefings and changes to policy - all of which are logged in the relevant section within this database.
Start Year 2014
 
Description University of Konstanz 
Organisation University of Konstanz
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Thurgau Institute of Economics at the University of Konstanz is one of seven international partners. Over the years we have undertaken various collaborative activities such as: Chris Starmer visited Konstanz from 3 -5 November 2015 (inclusive) and gave a series of talks to their students. At which time the University agreed to facilitate an exchange programme to consist of short exchange visits to Nottingham of Behavioural Masters Students in their second year at Konstanz and also PhD students whose research themes align with NIBS. This took place in 2016 and was well received by students both in Konstanz and Nottingham. The CeDEx research centre at Nottingham continues to promote the dual-MSc programme.
Collaborator Contribution Konstanz funded travel/accommodation for the visit by Chris Starmer in 2015 and facilitated the exchange visit, which NIBS funded in terms of travel and accommodation. We also continue an ongoing relationship with Urs Fischbacher at Konstanz, who regularly attends Nottingham to undertake specialist software training sessions (z-Tree).
Impact This is an ongoing relationship and specific outcomes are listed in the relevant section of the database. However the benefits overall of this partnership revolve around the sharing of knowledge and learning between both universities, and joint work/ research.
Start Year 2013
 
Title UNDP Survey Tool CVS 
Description Chris Starmer & Emily Wyman (Nottingham) and Umar Taj (Warwick) have developed a survey tool for UNDP to evaluate impact of anti-radicalisation strategies. the tool is based on NIBS1 work on Oneness/cohesion with Simon Gaechter and Fabio Tufano. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact We are not aware of the impacts at this time as the project is still ongoing and UNDP will be using the tool and then reporting back (as of November 2018) 
 
Description A revolution in our sense of self NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A revolution in our sense of self was an opinion piece by Nick Chater, published in the Guardian on 1 April 2018. "In a radical reassessment of how the mind works, a leading behavioural scientist argues the idea of a deep inner life is an illusion. This is cause for celebration, he says, not despair". The full text of the article is currently available online via the Guardian website. At the time of writing this (11 December 2018) the article had been shared 1,328 times and there were 206 comments online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/01/revolution-in-our-sense-of-self-sunday-essay
 
Description Academics Roundtable on Competition Law Review BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22 June 2018 - Bruce presented his work at the Academics Roundtable on Competition Law Review, which took place at BEIS London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Are You Paying Off Credit Card Debt the Wrong Way? JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Are You Paying Off Credit Card Debt the Wrong Way? was published in Wise Bread, by Dr Penny Pincher on 13 February 2018. This article was informed by research undertaken by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber. It was one of a series of articles across different media channels which highlighted this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wisebread.com/are-you-paying-off-credit-card-debt-the-wrong-way
 
Description Assessing Choice Overload in a Complex Environment (FUR) RC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Robin Cubitt is presenting Assessing Choice Overload in a Complex Environment at FUR 2018 being held 25 to 28 June at York.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.furconference.org/fur-2018/
 
Description Assessing choice overload in a complex environment (ESA) CVS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Starmer presented Assessing choice overload in a complex environment at the ESA meeting, held in Berlin 28 June to 1 July 2018. This paper was previously presented at the NIBS 1 2017 Autumn Workshop, by Robin Cubitt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://esa2018world.wzb.eu/wp-content/uploads/16/2018/06/ESA-Conference-Program.pdf
 
Description Assessing choice overload in a complex environment (SABE) CVS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Starmer presented Assessing choice overload in a complex environment at the SABE / IARPE conference taking place 19-22 July 2018 at Middlesex University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://economics.mdx.ac.uk/sabe-2018/program/#papers
 
Description Behavioural Consumers and Competition with a particular focus on consumer engagement and inattention BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 6th April 2018 - Bruce Lyons organised an Ofcom/CCP workshop on "Behavioural Consumers and Competition with a particular focus on consumer engagement and inattention" which was built around presentations by the UEA NIBS members Fletcher, Lyons, Turocy and Sugden.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Behavioural Science and Consumer Psychology: The Price Rank Principle GB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact November 2017 - Gordon Brown presented, "Behavioural Science and Consumer Psychology: The Price Rank Principle" at the Revenue Management and Pricing International Conference in London (Invited speaker)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Behavioural biases and competition policy, with a focus on demand side remedies AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented on 'Behavioural biases and competition policy, with a focus on demand side remedies' at the ECN Chief Competition Economists Working Group Annual Meeting which took place on 10 November 2017, London. It involved around 40 Chief Economists and colleagues from DGComp and EC National Competition Authorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CA/CCP workshop on price discrimination BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 15 March 2018. Bruce organised a CA/CCP workshop on price discrimination (including behaviour consumer issues) which took place at UEA. He also presented his research at the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CCP NIBS workshop with Ofcom BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In April 2018, Amelia Fletcher and Bruce Lyons hosted a CCP workshop with the regulator Ofcom (in collaboration with NIBS) . This is part of a sponsorship scheme CCP has with seven major regulators. It was delivered by the full NIBS 2 team based at the University of East Anglia with added interventions from other CCP members. The aims were to understand consumer engagement with choice decisions, and the format consisted of short presentations by the team, followed by Ofcom sharing the research they have been doing. After lunch there was a roundtable discussion, drawing on the insights of the morning, to think about implications for regulation,

Feedback from Ofcom was positive. They reported finding the session extremely interesting and stimulating, and felt the format worked well in terms of generating discussion and the exchange of ideas. They expressed a desire to follow up on some of the research/papers cited in the various presentations to help develop their understanding in this area and were interested in staying in touch with the work we are taking forward as part of the NIBS programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CMA Citizen's Advice super-complaint into loyalty penalties AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 16 October 2018. Amelia Fletcher attended an academic roundtable discussion with the CMA in London to discuss behavioural economic issues arising from the Citizen's Advice super-complaint into loyalty penalties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Challenging Nudge Economics BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Challenging Nudge Economics: Reframing the Market as a Community of Advantage - Webinar by Bob Sugden (and Jason Collins) broadcast on YouTube on 3 September 2018. Produced by Promoting Economic Pluralism in conjunction with The Mint Magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thvkCiQW3IM#action=share
 
Description Choice Overload in a Complex Environment RC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Robin Cubitt presented his research (joint with Chris Starmer and Joerg Weber) "Choice Overload in a Complex Environment" at the NIBS September Workshop which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consumer Remedies AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher chaired a conference for the UK Competition Network on 'Consumer Remedies' in London, 1 October 2018. There were around 150 academics, policy makers and practitioners in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consumer-Facing Remedies AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented on "Consumer-Facing Remedies", at the Competition Committee of the OECD, Paris, 5 June 2018. This was attended by around 50 international policy makers and Government officials. The accompanying OECD background note drew heavily on her work (https://one.oecd.org/document/DAF/COMP/WP3(2018)2/en/pdf).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description December, SAFE 2018 Conference JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Joerg Weber was an Invited Discussant/Panellist at the SAFE 2018 Conference, Goethe University Frankfurt, December 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Deception and Reciprocity DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Despoina Alempaki was invited to present her NIBS research, "Deception and Reciprocity" at LISER in Luxembourg, February 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Disclosure as a tool for Enhancing Consumer Engagement AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented, "Disclosure as a tool for Enhancing Consumer Engagement" at our NIBS September 2018 workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the Orchard Hotel Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Early Career Behavioural Economists 2018 Conference JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Joerg Weber was an invited Discussant/Panellist at the Early Career Behavioural Economists 2018 Conference, NHH Bergen, June 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eliciting Preferences about Personal Data in the Internet of Things RmD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Eliciting Preferences about Personal Data in the Internet of Things was presented by NIBS collaborator, Rebecca McDonald, at the NIBS September Workshop which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Encouraging Instructions Mimic Real Incentives CS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Professor Chris Starmer (Director of NIBS) presented his research, "Encouraging Instructions Mimic Real Incentives" at the NIBS September Workshop which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Encouraging instructions mimic the impacts of real incentives NHZ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Noemí Herranz-Zarzoso presented Encouraging instructions mimic the impacts of real incentives at FUR - June 2018 in York. Noemi visited CeDEx in Nottingham during 2017, during which time she worked on this paper with Professor Chris Starmer, and NIBS colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.furconference.org/schedule/#schedule-top
 
Description Evasive Communication DA DR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Daniel Read and Despoina Alempaki (Warwick) presented their research "Evasive Communication" at the CeDEx Brown Bag on Thursday 6 December 2018. Brown Bag seminars are primarily designed for 'work in progress' at any stage to be presented to peer groups for discussion. This project received NIBS funding via the small grant scheme and Daniel & Depi were invited to present in order to share details of their experimental approach. Co-author Valeria Burdea (former Nottingham PhD) was also present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cedex/events/brownbag/brown-bag-archive-2018-19/despoina-alempaki-06-12...
 
Description FCA workshop on consumers and competition BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 2 July 2018 - Bruce Lyons was a participant at the FCA workshop on consumers and competition, which took place at CCP/ UEA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guess which foolish strategy people most often use to pay back credit card debt JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Guess which foolish strategy people most often use to pay back credit card debt - article written by Dan Kopf, 13 February 2018 published in Quarz. This article was based on research by John Gathergood, Joerg Weber, Neil Stewart and Neale Mahoney. It was one of several articles written at this time in relation to this research about credit card payments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://qz.com/1205124/the-foolish-strategies-people-often-use-to-pay-back-credit-card-debt/
 
Description Heuristics behaviour identified from mass transaction data NS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 13 November 2018 Neil Stewart was invited to give a seminar at the Max Planck Institute, Berlin. The title of his presentation was, "Heuristics behaviour identified from mass transaction data".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How a behavioural economist can also be a classical liberal BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bob Sugden was an invited speaker to a conference in honour of Vernon L Smith, which took place in December 2017 at the University of Nottingham. He presented 'How a behavioural economist can also be a classical liberal'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic (Lancaster) JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic was presented by Joerg Weber at Lancaster University Business School, Department of Economics. December 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic (Luxembourg) JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic was presented by Joerg Weber at LISER, Luxembourg (December 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact How do people repay their debt? The balance matching heuristic was presented by Joerg Weber at Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Society) Annual Conference, Freiburg. September 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How far should regulators go? Libertarian paternalism vs. opportunity provision BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bob was invited to speak at the Centre for Competition Policy/ Financial Conduct Authority Workshop, which took place at the University of East Anglia 2 July 2018. He presented, 'How far should regulators go? Libertarian paternalism vs. opportunity provision'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How far should regulators go? Libertarian paternalism vs. opportunity provision and 'Attention and engagement' BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 6 April 2018, Bob was invited to present at the Centre for Competition Policy/ Ofcom Workshop on Behavioural Economics and Regulation (University of East Angliah). Title: How far should regulators go? Libertarian paternalism vs. opportunity provision and 'Attention and engagement'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Inattention, price sensitivity and refinancing decisions JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Inattention, price sensitivity and refinancing decisions was presented by Joerg Weber at Research in Behavioural Finance (Vrije University Amsterdam) in September 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Income inequality: Effects on preferences and behaviour GB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact March 2018 - Gordon Brown was an invited speaker to the NYU Seminar Series (NYU). He presented, "Income inequality: Effects on preferences and behaviour"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Income, inequality, and happiness: The Social Rank Hypothesis GB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact July 2018 - Gordon Brown presented "Income, inequality, and happiness: The Social Rank Hypothesis" at the Well-being Summer School, Warwick (Invited speaker)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Infographic: Why 'balance matching' in debt management can be costly JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Infographic: Why 'balance matching' in debt management can be costly published in the Chicago Booth Review, December 2017. This article was based on research by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber, relating to how people pay off their credit card debts. It was one of several articles published between December 2017 and February 2018 in different media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://review.chicagobooth.edu/economics/2017/article/infographic-why-balance-matching-debt-manageme...
 
Description Innovation Workshop NS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22 November 2018 Neil Stewart took part in a Cabinet Office Workshop and spoke on the topic of Innovation, at the Shard, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Introductions at NIBS Workshop by PhD students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Some of our NIBS PhD students introduced themselves and presented their research topics and interests as a way of introducing themselves to the group at the NIBS September Workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 in Nottingham. Our students who presented were Malte Baader (Nottingham), Sarah Bowen (Nottingham), Neo Poon (Warwick) and Richard Mills (Nottingham).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Introductions by Post Docs at NIBS 2018 OK MW AL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact We invited our new NIBS Post Docs (Orestis Kopsacheilis, Mengjie Wang and Ashley Luckman) to briefly introduce themselves and their research interests at our first NIBS 2 workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the Orchard Hotel, University of Nottingham. This aim of this was not only to introduce them to the group but to foster collaborations with partners which we hope will lead to cross-institutional working and outputs, such as co-authored research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Investigating Choice Overload CVS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Starmer presented his work, "Investigating Choice Overload" on the 9 November 2018 at the Organisation and Markets Workshop in Dijon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://lessac.bsb-education.com/index.php?page=organizations-and-markets-workshop-2018
 
Description Investigating Determinants of Consumer Engagement BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Bob Sugden presented, "Investigating Determinants of Consumer Engagement" at the NIBS 2018 September Workshop which took place from 17 to 19 September 2018, at the Orchard Hotel, Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Investigating the role of Values & Beliefs in Strategic Thinking DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Despoina Alempaki presented her research, "Investigating the role of Values & Beliefs in Strategic Thinking" at the NIBS September Workshop which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham. Despoina was a NIBS funded PhD during NIBS 1 and continues her close collaboration with NIBS as she has taken up a role at the University of Warwick. The research she presented was funded by NIBS and in collaboration with Co-Investigator, Graham Loomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description It's Not OK for Finance to Be Dangerous Again JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact It's Not OK for Finance to Be Dangerous Again (Consumers make mistakes out of ignorance. They need help, not a regulatory rollback) was an opinion piece published online in Bloomberg Opinion, 9 January 2018. It references research by John Gathergood, Joerg Weber, Neale Mahoney and Neil Stewart. Currently published as a NBER working paper the research is forthcoming in American Economic Review (as of January 2019 a preview version was available for AEA members only). This was one of a number of media articles related to this research, which showed how people may not be paying off multiple credit cards in the most financially efficient way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-01-09/it-s-not-ok-for-finance-to-be-dangerous-again
 
Description Leading Integrity DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Despoina Alempaki was a participant in the "Leading Integrity" workshop which was organised by Warwick Business School (WBS) on 4 July at the Shard in London. The event was a series of information workshops to coordinate future research and action around the challenges related to improving organisational integrity.

Each workshop focused on a different topic, facilitated by Edward Gardiner, Umar Taj and Avri Bilovich from the Behavioural Science group at WBS. The aim for each workshop was to frame the associated challenges and develop a plan for how we might collaborate on future research and action. The workshop topics were:

09.30 - 11.00: Culture: What are the components of an organisational culture that positively supports ethical behaviour?

11.30 - 13.00: Justifying inappropriate acts: What motivates unethical behaviour and what justifications do people use?

14.00 - 15.30: Technology: How is technology hindering or helping support ethical behaviour in organisations?

16.00 - 17.30: Transparency: How can we balance the need for publicity and privacy in highlighting and addressing unethical behaviours?

About the project
Honesty, trust, transparency, and mutual respect are hallmarks of excellent organisations; and strengthening such organisational integrity is typically a key aim of leaders and other employees, as well as, increasingly, being demanded by the media and the public. Yet a succession of high-profile scandals, ranging from safety failures, corruption, and false accounting to sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, continue to plague business, charities and the public sector. It is easy to blame individual "bad apples" for problems with organisational integrity. But, more often than not, the incentives, culture and structure in an organisation may be the real culprits. This project aims to challenge, debate, and distil insights from considering how we should understand why businesses exists and how they, and their employees, can flourish.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Market Investigations BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 April 2018. Bruce Lyons attended the GES/CCP course on Competition Economics, which included him giving a presentation on Market Investigations (with central role of effect of behavioural consumers on markets). Venue: London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Most people are paying off their credit card debt all wrong - are you? JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Most people are paying off their credit card debt all wrong - are you? was published by the Washington Post in January 2018. The article references research by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Joerg Weber and Neil Stewart. The research has been published as a NBER working paper and is currently (January 2019) forthcoming with AER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/01/02/most-people-are-paying-off-their-credit-card-...
 
Description Most people repaying credit cards wrong JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Most people repaying credit cards wrong - What's the best way to pay down credit card debt? Article online at NBC ch2 (Southwest Florida) on Wednesday, March 7th 2018. This is based on research by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nbc-2.com/story/37666218/most-people-repaying-credit-cards-wrong
 
Description NIBS Newsletter February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The February 2018 edition of our newsletter which is sent to our stakeholder list, international partners, colleagues and promoted on the website and via Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.behavioural-science.ac.uk/documents/february-2018-newsletter-final.pdf
 
Description NIBS Newsletter June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our June 2018 edition of the newsletter which features news about our events, staff, research and recent publications. This is shared online and by direct mail to our partners, colleagues and stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.behavioural-science.ac.uk/documents/june-2018-newsletter-final.pdf
 
Description NIBS Newsletter October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our regular NIBS newsletter which showcases publications, events and news relevant to the grant
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.behavioural-science.ac.uk/documents/october-2017-newsletter-final.pdf
 
Description NIBS Newsletter October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In our October 2018 newsletter we share news of our new PhD students, recent event, and feature publications. Our newsletter is shared directly with our colleagues, partners and stakeholders, and via the website and Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.behavioural-science.ac.uk/documents/october-2018-newsletter-final.pdf
 
Description NIBS September Workshop 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our September 2018 NIBS workshop is for NIBS-funded colleagues and close collaborators. The aim of the workshop is to foster networking and opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration and working. The event was attended by academics and policy makers (in their capacity as members of our Advisory Group). On the programme was feedback on NIBS funded research, as well as introductions by our new NIBS PhD students and Post Docs. We also devoted one session to a discussion on policy issues (chaired by Bob Sugden) with the aim of identifying topics which are of interest to regulators. Our intention is to organise some small, focused workshops with regulators to address the issues we identified. The workshop took place from 17 to 19 September, at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Naïve Diversification & Narrow Framing Among Investors NS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Neil Stewart presented his research, "Naïve Diversification & Narrow Framing Among Investors" at the NIBS September workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Insights Into Competition Regulation and Consumer Protection AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented on 'New Insights Into Competition Regulation and Consumer Protection' (drawn on her work on consumer remedies), at the CCRP Competition Policy Roundtable, City University, London on 26 October 2018. Around 80 academics, policy makers and practitioners were in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Noise & Variability in Repeated Games GL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Professor Graham Loomes (WBS) presented his research, "Noise & Variability in Repeated Games" at the NIBS September Workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nudging Self-Reports of Medication Adherence: newline An Online Experiment SB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 30 October 2018, NIBS PhD, Sarah Bowen (Nottingham) presented her project "Nudging Self-Reports of Medication Adherence: \newline An Online Experiment" at the University of Warwick, BRIDGES seminar series. The pilot phase of this project has been funded by NIBS and Sarah sought feedback from the group to inform the next steps of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Paying Down Credit Card Debt in Suboptimal Ways JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Paying Down Credit Card Debt in Suboptimal Ways was published by the NBER Digest, and references research by Joerg Weber, John Gathergood, Neil Stewart and Neale Mahoney. This research has been published as a NBER Working Paper and is forthcoming in AER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nber.org/digest/feb18/feb18.pdf
 
Description Persuasion With Motivated Beliefs DH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact During his visit to the University of Nottingham, David Hagmann from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) presented his work at a CeDEx Brown Bag seminar. This seminar series is designed for PhD students to gain peer feedback and review of work in progress. His talk was entitled "Persuasion With Motivated Beliefs" and took place on 23 November 2017. David visited Nottingham as part of the NIBS Exchange Programme and this is part of on-going collaboration between NIBS and CMU (one of our international partners).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pioneer of 'nudge' science and explorer of irrational decisions earns economics Nobel CVS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pioneer of 'nudge' science and explorer of irrational decisions earns economics Nobel - article by Adrian Cho published in Science (online 9 October 2017). In his article Adrian talks about why people hold savings paying low interest rates rather than paying off credit card debts with higher interest rates, to highlight the work of Richard Thaler (recipient of the Nobel Prize). Quoted in the article are NIBS Principle Investigator, Chris Starmer (Nottingham) and NIBS Co-Investigator, Amelia Fletcher (UEA) who reflect on the importance of Richard's work on 'nudge' and its influence on policymakers.

Although we are not directly aware of any impact from this specific article, the Award; and subsequent articles about 'nudge' and Richard's work, have no doubt raised the profile of behavioural economics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/pioneer-nudge-science-and-explorer-irrational-decisions-earns...
 
Description Policy Discussion NIBS 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Bob Sugden chaired a policy discussion session at our NIBS 2018 September workshop which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the session was to ask the regulators and academics present, which topics would be most suited as the focus of some forthcoming NIBS policy-focused events. Contributors to the discussion included Adam Land (CMA), Karen Croxson (FCA) and Stavros Georgiou (HSE) in addition to NIBS Co-Investigators - Neil Stewart, Chris Starmer and John Gathergood; NIBS collaborator Rebecca McDonald (Birmingham) and NIBS PhD student, Merle van den Akker (Warwick).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Poor financial literacy is costing consumers dearly JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Poor financial literacy is costing consumers dearly was published in the Business Section of The National, January 2018. The article was based on research by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thenational.ae/business/money/poor-financial-literacy-is-costing-consumers-dearly-1.6953...
 
Description Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty was presented by NIBS collaborator (and former NIBS funded PhD) Despoina Alempaki at the NIBS September Workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018, at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Despoina Alempaki (former NIBS1 PhD student at Nottingham, now Post Doc at the University of Warwick) presented "Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty" joint work with Graham Loomes at the ESA Asia-Pacific meeting, NYU Abu Dhabi, Jan. 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty at CCC DA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Despoina Alempaki (PhD student under NIBS 1 at Nottingham) presented this research, "Preference Reversals under Strategic Uncertainty" at the CCC meeting which took place in May 2018 at the University of East Anglia. Research is joint with Professor Graham Loomes, University of Warwick (Co-Investigator with NIBS). Despoina has continued her affiliation with NIBS after graduation, via her post doc positions at the University of Warwick. CCC is an annual meeting organised by PhDs at CREED (Amsterdam), CBESS (UEA) and CeDEx (Nottingham).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Regulating for Competition - Financial Conduct Authority - AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 7 February 2018. Amelia Fletcher was a participant in a roundtable discussion on "Regulating for Competition", arranged by the Financial Conduct Authority, London,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SJDM Conference 2018 OK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Orestis Kopsacheilis (NIBS Post Doc) attended the SJDM conference which took place in New Orleans, USA from 16-19 November 2018. He had the chance to meet and discuss his work with a lot of people whose work is relevant, in particular Thorsten Pachur Sudeep Bhatia (former NIBS Post Doc) and Ian Krajbich.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sjdm.org/programs/2018-program.pdf
 
Description Social norms and polarisation: A cognitive model GB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact NIBS Co-Investigator, Gordon Brown (Warwick) gave a talk for the University of Nottingham's CeDEx seminar programme on 11 October 2017. Title: Social norms and polarisation: A cognitive model. Abstract: A process model of social norms and social influence is described. Individuals' private attitudes, and social norms, are assumed to be represented as distributions rather than single points. Individuals located within a social network observe the behavior of their network neighbors and hence infer the social distribution of particular attitudes and behaviors. Agents dislike behaving in ways that are extreme within their neighborhood social norm ("social extremeness aversion"), and hence have a tendency to conform. However agents also prefer to behave consistently with their own underlying attitudes ("authenticity preference"). Expressed attitudes and behavior reflect a utility-maximizing compromise between these opposing principles. The model, which is dubbed Social Sampling Theory, derives from cognitive models of judgment and is explored using agent-based modeling to link individual-level and network-level effects. The model is applied to social norm influence and a number of other social phenomena including (a) homophily and the development of segregated neighborhoods, (b) polarization, and (c) social contagion effects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Summer School on Cognitive Modelling GB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gordon Brown was an invited Lecturer at Summer School on Cognitive Modelling, Couches (France), July 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sites.uci.edu/cmmc/files/2018/02/SS2018-Poster-for-webpage-1.pdf
 
Description Sydney Masterclass GL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In conjunction with the University of Sydney Workshop on Behavioural Economics: Foundations and Applied Research, Professor Graham Loomes of The University of Warwick undertake two half-day masterclasses.

Different Ways of Incorporating Psychological Features into Decision Theory
Tuesday 7 November, 2 to 5 pm 2017

There are now more than a hundred different models of decision making under risk. But how different are/can they all be? How can we better understand the overlaps and distinctions between them and what these represent in terms of the psychological features that may be involved? In this talk, I'll use a reasonably simple act-state framework to highlight inter-relationships between expected utility theory (EUT) and some of the more prominent alternative models. This talk will be restricted to deterministic models: variability is discussed in the second talk.

Incorporating Variability and Error into Decision Theories
Wednesday 8 November, 2 to 5 pm 2017

Ever since the earliest days of experimental studies of individual decision making under risk, it has been known that if a participant is presented with exactly the same scenario (choice or valuation) in exactly the same format on two or more occasions (sometimes separated by a few days but often only separated by a few minutes) he/she is liable to respond differently to at least some of those scenarios. In short, much decision making is probabilistic rather than deterministic. But what are the sources of such variability? How should we incorporate noise/error/imprecision into models? And what might be the implications for testing and discriminating between competing 'core' theories?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/BEW/bew.shtml
 
Description Tainted Nudge AI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Andrea Isoni presented his research, "Tainted Nudge" at the September NIBS workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The EU Google Decisions: Extreme Enforcement or the Tip of the Behavioral Iceberg? AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The EU Google Decisions: Extreme Enforcement or the Tip of the Behavioral Iceberg? - was an article written by Amelia Fletcher and published by Competition Policy International (CPI) in their January 2019 Antitrust Chronicle. A copy of her article is available on the NIBS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.behavioural-science.ac.uk/esrc-nibs/documents/cpi-fletcher.pdf
 
Description The Investment Effects of the GDPR Opt-In Requirement when Consumers are Loss Averse BL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Investment Effects of the GDPR Opt-In Requirement when Consumers are Loss Averse was research presented by Bruce Lyons at the NIBS September 2018 workshop, which took place 17 to 19 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Mind is Flat: The illusion of mental depth and the improvised mind NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Mind is Flat: The illusion of mental depth and the improvised mind was presented by Nick Chater on 28 August at the University of Trondheim

As advertised on Facebook, "This talk will present the case that there are no hidden depths, whether evolutionary, psychological, or economic, from which the real motivations for human behavior emerges Motives are, indeed, astonishingly shallow, with the illusion of depth sustained by our mental proximity of the actions of ourselves and other But the illusion of depth is of crucial importance: it helps us rule in our behavior, which would otherwise be more capricious and inconsistent. This thesis has implications for theories in psychology, economics, and ethics which are explicitly, or implicitly, committed to "deep" motivations underpinning human life".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://hi-in.facebook.com/events/251619989005957/
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Columbia) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nick Chater presented his research on 'The Mind is Flat' during September 2018 at several universities including Columbia, during a visit to the USA. This talk was co-sponsored by the Columbia Economics Program for Economic Research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/decisionsciences/events/speakers
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Edinburgh) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 9 Nov 2018, Nick presented this work at the ILCC seminar, which took place at the University of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Harvard) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 14 Sept 2018 Nick Chater presented, "The Mind is Flat" Seminar at the Psychology Dept, Harvard University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (New York) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18 Sept 2018, Nick Chater presented, "The Mind is Flat" for an audience/seminar at Microsoft Research, New York.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Paris) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 6 November 2018, Nick Chater presented his research at Ecole Normal Superieure (Paris). The University advertised the talk as follows:

"The cognitive sciences often view thought as operating through tacit 'theories,' analogous to those of science. Such theories are organized sets of principles, which might be expressed in networks of beliefs, utilities, grammatical rules, moral norms, and more. But does a set of hidden, but general, theoretical principles really underpin thought and behavior? Finding such general principles has been a key goal in many areas of psychology, philosophy, linguistics and artificial intelligence. But our attempts to extract and formalize such principles lead continually rapidly into contradiction.

I argue that such principles-and mental "depths" in general---are illusory. Instead, the brain generalizes flexibly from specific local problem; and gradually creates a tradition of 'precedents' for dealing with new problems. Thus, the mind is analogous to case-law---in which each new case is addressed by finding links with past cases---rather than to science---in which new situations are dealt with by referring to hidden general rules."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://lnc2.dec.ens.fr/en/agenda/mind-flat-thought-case-law-not-naive-science-10755
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Princeton) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nick Chater presented this work at the University of Princeton (Department of Psychology) on Friday 21 September 2018 as part of a series of seminars he gave in USA, around the topic of 'the mind is flat' based on his research which was published by Yale University Press.

Chater, N. (2018). The Mind is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://psych.princeton.edu/event/nicholas-chater-university-warwick
 
Description The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science (Yale) NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact "The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case-Law Not Naïve Science" was presented by Nick Chater on Monday 24 September 2018 at Yale (Institution for Social and Policy Studies)

Abstract: The cognitive sciences often view thought as operating through tacit 'theories,' analogous to those of science. Such theories are organized sets of principles, which might be expressed in networks of beliefs, utilities, grammatical rules, moral norms, and more. But does a set of hidden, but general, theoretical principles really underpin thought and behavior? Finding such general principles has been a key goal in many areas of psychology, philosophy, linguistics and artificial intelligence. But our attempts to extract and formalize such principles lead continually rapidly into contradiction.

I argue that such principles-and mental "depths" in general - are illusory. Instead, the brain generalizes flexibly from specific local problems and gradually creates a tradition of 'precedents' for dealing with new problems. Thus, the mind is analogous to case-law - in which each new case is addressed by finding links with past cases - rather than to science - in which new situations are dealt with by referring to hidden general rules. (Chater, N. (2018). The Mind is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.)

The seminar was open to Yale Faculty, Yale Postdoctoral Trainees, Yale Graduate and Professional Students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://isps.yale.edu/events/2018/09/the-mind-is-flat-thought-as-case-law-not-na%C3%AFve-science-nic...
 
Description The determinants of consumer engagement MW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The determinants of consumer engagement was presented by NIBS Post Doc (Mengjie Wang) at a CeDEx Brown Bag Seminar in Nottingham on 29 November 2018. Mengjie's project received NIBS funding (via our small grant scheme) and she presented her design/ work-in-progress to a peer group of Post Docs/PhDs to gain feedback. We anticipate she will present the full results at the NIBS 2019 September Meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The theoretical impossibility of a Paretian liberal and the empirical impossibility of behavioural welfare economics BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15-16 December 2017 Bob Sugden was invited to present 'The theoretical impossibility of a Paretian liberal and the empirical impossibility of behavioural welfare economics' at the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Behavioural Political Economy, which took place at the Walter Eucken Institute, Freiburg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The value of opportunity, and why it does not depend on assumptions about rational choice BS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 12-14 April 2018, Bob Sugden was invited to present 'The value of opportunity, and why it does not depend on assumptions about rational choice' at the Behavioral economics and New Paternalism conference, which took place at the Classical Liberal Institute, New York University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Too much choice? An experimental investigation (Birmingham) RC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 21 Nov 2018, Robin Cubitt presented Too much choice? An experimental investigation at a Departmental seminar (Economics), University of Birmingham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Too much choice? An experimental investigation (Dublin) RC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 2 Nov 2018, Robin Cubitt presented Too much choice? An experimental investigation at a Departmental seminar (Economics), University College Dublin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Too much choice? An experimental investigation (Konstanz) RC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 15th Jan 2019 Robin Cubitt presented Too much choice? An experimental investigation, at a Departmental seminar ("Research colloquium") University of Konstanz (Economics).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Too much choice? An experimental investigation JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Too much choice? An experimental investigation presented by Joerg Weber at IMEBESS, European University Institute, Florence. June 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tools to enhance consumer decision-making in financial services: Pros and cons AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented on 'Tools to enhance consumer decision-making in financial services: Pros and cons' at the Finance Industry Group Norwich Conference, 23 November 2017, UEA Norwich. Around 120 academics and financial services industry practitioners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Unintended Consequences of Regulatory Interventions: An Introduction AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher presented on 'Unintended Consequences of Regulatory Interventions: An Introduction', at the CARR Workshop, London School of Economics, London on 18 October 2018. Around 30 academics, policy makers and practitioners were in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Virtual Bargaining: The social contract in miniature NC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Virtual Bargaining: The social contract in miniature was presented by Nick Chater at MIT Sloan School of Management, on 13 September 2018. During his visit to the USA he also presented at several other prestigious universities on the topic of, 'The Mind is Flat'. These talks are recorded individually in Researchfish.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Vulnerable Consumers and Trust in Markets AF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amelia Fletcher chaired a session at a Competition and Markets Authority Symposium on "Vulnerable Consumers and Trust in Markets", London, 23 July 2018. Attended by around 80 academics and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Why we are paying off our credit cards all wrong JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Why we are paying off our credit cards all wrong by Shane Wright, Economics Editor at The West Australian, published online Sunday, 1 April 2018. This article relates to research by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://thewest.com.au/opinion/opinion-why-we-are-paying-off-our-credit-calls-all-wrong-ng-b88790529...
 
Description You may be paying off your credit card debt wrong-here's the best way JW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact You may be paying off your credit card debt wrong-here's the best way, an article by Emmie Martin was published in CNBC on 9 February 2018. This was informed by research undertaken by John Gathergood, Neale Mahoney, Neil Stewart and Joerg Weber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/09/why-snowball-method-is-best-way-to-pay-off-debt.html