Category Archives: Behavioural Economics

Unintended and Perverse Outcomes

A colleague from the Australian Department of Defence (thanks Hayley!) recently sent me a link to an article from the Canberra Times about “Losing our way: How the cult of the KPI has damaged our moral compass”.  This article is partly … Continue reading

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Understanding Behavioural Economics

In a previous post I had suggested those interested in Behavioural Economics should have a look at a free online course via http://www.edx.org titled Behavioural Economics in Action from the University of Toronto. While you can do this course at any … Continue reading

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Carrot and Stick (Part 1)

I am currently reading Richard Thaler’s new book, “Misbehaving – The making of Behavioural Economics” which has again brought up an interesting and long running debate on the application of positive incentives (gains or “carrots”) or negative incentives (losses or … Continue reading

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History of Behavioural Economics

For those you have read my thoughts on the use of Behavioural Economics as a method of optimising our approach to Performance Based Contracting (PBC) (see earlier posts on Is Your Contract Fun? and Designing Successful PBCs) I wanted to … Continue reading

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