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How can instinctive preferences improve policy outcomes?
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Hosted by Grattan Institute and The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Why do people in some countries donate organs more than in others? Why do we not save enough for retirement even when we can afford to? Why don’t we buy energy-efficient appliances that save us money in the long run? How can more people be encouraged to live healthily?
Around the world, policy makers have begun to pay attention to the growing field of behavioural economics. Instead of assuming that citizens are the rational, interest-maximising agents of economics textbooks, behavioural economics starts with the more realistic assumption that people are shaped by cognitive biases, complications and limitations. Our rationality, self-control and self-interest are all bounded in ways that have implications for the way we design and implement public policies.
In this seminar John Daley will discuss with Donald Low and George Argyrous how behavioural economics can be applied to the design of public policy.
About the speakers
|Donald Low worked for 15 years in the Singapore Government, where he was formerly Director of the Strategic Policy Office in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Director of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance. Last year he co-wrote Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore, a pioneering book that shows how the Singapore Government has used insights from behavioural economics in the development of public policy. He also founded the Centre for Public Economics, a think-tank at the Civil Service College of Singapore.|
|George Argyrous is Senior Lecturer in evidence-based decision-making at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, and editor of their new online journal, Evidence Base. He is on secondment from the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at The University of New South Wales, where he has taught political economy, research methods and statistics since 1992. He is the author of the popular international text, Statistics for research and the editor of Evidence for policy and decision-making: a practical guide.|
|John Daley, Grattan’s CEO, is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers, with 20 years experience in the public, private and university sectors. His current research and publishing interests include government prioritisation, the objectives and limits of government and the situations in which government intervention is justified. He has worked for ANZ and McKinsey and has a DPhil in public law from the University of Oxford.|
Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Time: Registration at 5.45pm for seminar 6.00 to 7.00pm
Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
When & Where
Grattan Institute is based in Melbourne, Australia, and was launched in 2008 with strong support from both the private and public sectors. It aims to focus on the important rather than the urgent. The things that could make a difference to the well-being of Australians over the long run, not distracted by three year electoral cycles. Since launch, Grattan Institute has established a profile as a leader of independent analysis of Australian domestic public policy. It aims to influence both public discussion and senior decision-makers.