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Republicans Just Killed Their Own Health-Care Idea. In 2009, prominent Republicans, skeptical of requiring people to buy health insurance under the legislation that became Obamacare, proposed an alternative approach: making large employers automatically sign employees up for health insurance, while also allowing them to opt out.

Republicans Just Killed Their Own Health-Care Idea

A version of this idea made its way into the Affordable Care Act. But as a result of this week’s budget deal, it is now out -- and Republicans are celebrating. How come? The answers shed new light on some thorny issues in behavioral economics, and also on contemporary politics. During the early health reform debates, right after Barack Obama was elected president, Republican enthusiasm for automatic enrollment was spurred by the analogy to 401(k) plans. International Behavourial Insights Conference 2015. Make Room for Innovation « MindBlog. You're not irrational, you're just quantum probabilistic: Researchers explain human decision-making with physics theory. The next time someone accuses you of making an irrational decision, just explain that you're obeying the laws of quantum physics.

You're not irrational, you're just quantum probabilistic: Researchers explain human decision-making with physics theory

A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses quantum physics to explain humans' (sometimes) paradoxical thinking, but may also help researchers resolve certain contradictions among the results of previous psychological studies. According to Zheng Joyce Wang and others who try to model our decision-making processes mathematically, the equations and axioms that most closely match human behavior may be ones that are rooted in quantum physics. "We have accumulated so many paradoxical findings in the field of cognition, and especially in decision-making," said Wang, who is an associate professor of communication and director of the Communication and Psychophysiology Lab at The Ohio State University. "Whenever something comes up that isn't consistent with classical theories, we often label it as 'irrational.' Share Video. Behavioral Science & Policy Association - The Behavioral Science Approach to Policy Making: a Conversation with David Brooks.

Games Can Make You a Better Strategist. Play has long infused the language of business: we talk of players, moves, end games, play books and so on.

Games Can Make You a Better Strategist

And now we hear often about the “gamification” of work—using elements of competition, feedback and point scoring to better engage employees and even track performance. Even so, actual games are still taboo in most organizations—the stereotype of the work-avoiding employee cracking new high scores in Minesweeper has given gaming a bad name. And the corporate executive playing games to improve his or her strategy-making skills is still rare. Using design thinking to introduce design thinking in government. As if by divine intervention, “Design for Action” by Tim Brown and Roger Martin, published in the September 2015 edition of the Harvard Business Review, magically fell into my lap.

Using design thinking to introduce design thinking in government

Actually, it was by subscription, but what is fortuitous is that the authors penned it in the first place – a “just in time” answer to a question that’s been nagging me: What’s the best way to introduce design thinking in government? Brown and Martin’s answer? Take a design thinking approach! How a government can "nudge" behavior - CNN Video. Use behavioural "nudging" to tackle gender, health challenges - experts. By Reuters Published: 13:15 GMT, 3 September 2015 | Updated: 13:15 GMT, 3 September 2015.

Use behavioural "nudging" to tackle gender, health challenges - experts

Use behavioural "nudging" to tackle gender, health challenges - experts. Using the Gamification User Types in the Real World. Reading Time: 3 minutes (ish) One of the main questions I get about my User Types, is how do you actually make use of them?

Using the Gamification User Types in the Real World

What I have provided is a simple framework to look at basic motivations of users who are using your system. However, if it was just an analytical tool, it would not be all that much use really! The main reason I developed the user types was to help you in the planning and design phase – not just with analytics and improvements! Kahneman turns attention to 'noise' in organisations. Nobel prize-winning economist and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, was interviewed by Professor Richard Thaler, University of Chicago, in the closing session of the first day of the Behavioural Exchange London 2015 conference yesterday.

Kahneman turns attention to 'noise' in organisations

Thaler’s interview with Kahneman took the audience through his latest work as well as his thoughts and opinions on a number of issues affecting behavioural economists currently. Q: What makes a good academic collaboration? “A lot of luck; you’ve got to like the people you collaborate with and they’ve got to like you. It is a slow way to work and it can be frustrating but if you enjoy social interaction it’s wonderful. If you get the magic two are superior to either one alone.” Q: You’re now doing private sector consulting work in noise reduction, tell us about that. “In many organisations lots of people are doing similar jobs e.g. approving loans, picking stocks. Economic policy based on behaviour assumptions. “The edifice of economic policy was built on an assumption of how people behave.

Economic policy based on behaviour assumptions

It became a description of how policy-makers thought people ought to behave rather than how they actually do behave,” said Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, at the opening of the Behavioural Exchange London 2015 conference yesterday.