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Behavioral Policy Speaker Series - David Halpern: Behavioral Insights in Government

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
David Halpern, Chief Executive, The Behavioural Insights Team
Sponsor: 

Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy

Halpern discusses the process of bringing the insights of behavioral science research into the halls of government, drawing from his experience at the head of the UK's Behavioural Insights Team.  He has led the team endearingly called the "Nudge Unit" since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in July 2013. He supports the What Works Network and leads efforts to improve the use of evidence across government. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge University and posts at Oxford and Harvard. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioral insights and wellbeing, including Social Capital (2005), the Hidden Wealth of Nations (2010), Inside the Nudge Unit (2015) and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.