Behav­iour­al Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Using Online Experiments

Shane Tim­mons, Eco­nom­ic and Social Research Institute


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Apply­ing psy­chol­o­gy and behav­iour­al eco­nom­ics to pol­i­cy often involves run­ning exper­i­ments, either in the lab, online or in the field. In this talk, I’ll out­line how my team decides which method to use and I’ll then focus on the ben­e­fits of online exper­i­ments for behav­iour­al pub­lic pol­i­cy. I’ll use exam­ples from stud­ies we’ve done on con­sumer choice and the envi­ron­ment and con­clude with an overview of some recent exper­i­ments we’ve con­duct­ed to inform the Irish gov­ern­men­t’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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