Behavioural Economics Increasing Attendance at Group Information Sessions (GIS)

This paper reports on a trial study conducted by the Department of Social Protection in collaboration with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform to test the application of behavioural insights on “Did Not Attend” rates. Specifically, the study analysed the scope for improving attendance rate at GIS by altering the design of the appointment letters issued by Department of Social Protection to jobseekers using design elements based on behavioural economic insights.

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The Irish Experience: Fiscal Consolidation 2008-2014

This paper provides an analysis of the fiscal consolidation undertaken in Ireland during the period 2008-2014. Consolidation was a response to the collapse in Ireland’s finances provoked by an unprecedented financial crisis, bursting of the property bubble and unsustainable fiscal policies undertaken during the decade leading up to the crisis. Eight years after the beginning of consolidation, the economic and fiscal landscape has completely changed. This paper intends to add value by producing a multi-faceted assessment of the fiscal consolidation undertaken in Ireland from 2008 to 2014. This is important to understand whether the Irish consolidation episode can be considered successful and which policies have contributed to the outcomes observed. 

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Assessment Guidelines for Stage 1 Behavioural Economics Projects

The report provides guidelines for policymakers considering conducting a behavioural economics trial. The aim of the report is to help policymakers think through their proposed application of Behavioural Economics and assess whether the application represents the best option for a Department’s first application of Behavioural Economics. It does so by providing a number of questions to help the policymaker assess the project’s suitability as a first application of Behavioural Economics. Additionally, a scale is provided to allow policymakers to compare various proposals.

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Behavioural Economics Stage 1 Assessment Scorecard

This excel template allows policymakers to enter scores on each criteria as outlined in the assessment guidelines and will automatically calculate the projects score. Multiple sheets are provided to allow for the comparison of multiple projects.

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