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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Behavioural economics of policy design: the why and how of Nudge

One-day short course


16th November 2017


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy



This course will explain how nudge theory and behavioural economics have been used in the public service and what opportunities there are for you to use them in your policy-making and evaluation.

You will learn about the cognitive biases we all bring to decisions and how you can use ‘nudge’ theory in policy design to help citizens make better choices.

We also examine the behavioural economics approach to policy evaluation. Which methods work best in a policy environment? What are the differences between randomised controlled trials and natural experiments? How can you use existing administrative data to evaluate policy?

Course overview


• Cognitive Biases and Behavioural Economics: What has changed for Public Policy Design. • Methods of Behavioural Economics: The Experimental Approach. • Your Challenge: Is BE the right tool? How design and evaluate an intervention. • Implications for Public Policy: The rise of Experimental Government and Risks and Limitations of BE.

Course convenor


Professor Uwe Dulleck

Uwe Dulleck is a Professor in Applied Economics at QUT Business School, Economics and Finance and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. Prior to joining QUT, Uwe was a Professor of Economics at the University of Linz, Austria and an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna. Uwe’s research and education expertise spans behavioral economics; economic experiments using biofeedback data; expert services and credence goods; and information economics. His work in these fields is widely published and includes the American Economic Review; Journal of Economic Literature; Economic Journal; Journal of Public Economics; International Journal of Industrial Organization; and the Scandinavian Journal of Economics. His research has been discussed in the Economic Focus of The Economist, Sydney Morning Herald and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (the Sunday edition of Germany’s leading quality newspaper), among others. Uwe is the recipient of several Australian Research Council Grants is a co-investigator on Austrian Research Grants. In 2015 Uwe was the Chairman of the Program Committee for Australia’s Conference of Economists, the leading and largest conference for research and applied economists in Australia. He is an active public commentator on behavioural economics and its applications to public policy, business decision making and regulation.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 16 November 2017
Venue: #132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: $1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

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