29 Sep 2017

New JRC project on social biking

The Social Biking project (S-b) wants to motivate European citizens to be more physically active and use more environmentally sustainable forms of transport. It is an internet based intervention project, coordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, designed to collect primary data related to biking and social networks and identify the most efficient social-based incentives for physical activity. The project is based on a tracking app for bikers, the BikePrints app, available in Google Play

21 Apr 2017

Behavioural insights for public policy: hands on session with Erasmus University students

On April 6 2017 the EU Policy Lab welcomed a group of 12 students from the Bachelor Honours Research Class of the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). This selective program exposes top students across all bachelor programs in the Erasmus School of Economics to research and research-oriented careers. A key goal of this program is to showcase how state-of-the-art research in economics is done both in academia and in non-academic institutions.

9 Jan 2017

Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women

Violence against women can take many forms, including gender-based physical, sexual and psychological harm. This human rights abuse occurs more often than police and criminal justice statistics suggest. Survey data shows that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and roughly the same proportion (32 %) has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014). To prevent

25 Oct 2015

Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection

The EU Policy Lab was invited to speak in London, during a joint OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)-FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) 2-day conference on "Discovering what works: Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection". The event was well attended, with just short of one hundred participants from 34 different jurisdictions. Sharing knowledge The event was an opportunity to share knowledge – and even gain direct exposure through amusing hands-on experiments -

20 Oct 2015

2nd Nudge Climate Challenge

The EU Policy Lab was invited as a member of the Jury for the 2nd Nudge Climate Challenge. This initiative took place during the Public Innovation week (12-18 Oct), promoted and organised by NudgeFrance, which promotes the Nudge approach in France. What is a Nudge? Nudge (which is also the title of a bestseller book by Sunstein and Thaler, 2008) literally means a gentle push. In policymaking, a nudge is a change of the choice