Intrusive regulation and cultural change workshop by Prof Femke de Vries

This morning, G-REG in collaboration with ANZSOG and VUW hosted a workshop on Intrusive Regulation and Cultural Change led by Prof Femke de Vries. Femke de Vries is a professor by special appointment in Supervision at the University of Groningen. She has worked in financial supervision for 15 years and was one of the architects … Continue reading Intrusive regulation and cultural change workshop by Prof Femke de Vries

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Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Ethical and epistemic challenges

To conclude this review of the literature on the use of behavioural insights in regulation, I will zoom in on ethical and epistemic challenges. In other words, is it proper for governments to use people's heuristics and biases (or ‘cognitive failures’ as some call it) in guiding their behaviour? How can governments be sure that … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Ethical and epistemic challenges

Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Evidence and experiments

Now that we have a better understanding of human behaviour and have looked at some examples of regulatory interventions using insights from the behavioural sciences, it is time to ask the hard question: does it work? Answering the ‘does it work’ question is all but easy because of the variety of responses to that question … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Evidence and experiments

Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Examples from around the world

In the previous blog post, I have discussed (in broad brushstrokes) how our understanding of the rationality and irrationality of human behaviour has changed over time. In this one, I will introduce a variety of regulatory interventions from around the world that build on this changing understanding of predictable (ir)rational behaviour. Towards behavioural insights informed … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Examples from around the world

Behavioural insights for effective regulation: 10 of my favourite (popular science) books

At the Regulatory Clinics, people ask me what books to read to gain a better understanding of the biases and heuristics uncovered in the behavioural sciences, and the innovative regulatory responses that build on behavioural insights. Serving the rapid growth of interest in behavioural sciences from policymakers and practitioners, scholars from various fields (including behavioural … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: 10 of my favourite (popular science) books

Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Presentation and notes

Over the next months, I will give a series of Regulatory Clinics to discuss the use of behavioural insights in regulatory practice with the G-REG community. In parallel, I will write a series of blog posts on the same topic. You will find these under the ‘research’ tab. The blog posts can be understood as … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: Presentation and notes

Behavioural insights for effective regulation: The evolution of (ir)rational behaviour

The focus of the first year of the Chair in Regulatory Practice is on the use of insights from the behavioural sciences in regulation. Such regulation is often referred to as ‘Nudging’, following a famous book from 2008 by Professors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. In their book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and … Continue reading Behavioural insights for effective regulation: The evolution of (ir)rational behaviour