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Seminar: Introduction to an evidence-based, behavioural science approach to public policy in Finland

You can watch the seminar afterwards here.

How can psychology and behavioural science be used to improve public policy? Following international success stories such as the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK, Tänk believes that the time has come for Finnish politicians and policy makers to consider how to embed a culture of testing and trialling into policy processes. The seminar organised by Tänk on June 5th brings together internationally renowned researchers and policy makers to discuss the promise of a behavioural approach to public policy in Finland.

Seminar programme 5.6.2014:

12.30 Registration starts
13.00 Welcome – Markus Kanerva (Managing Director, Tänk)
13.10 Lord Gus O’Donnell (UK Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Civil Service 2005-2011):
What Is Behavioural Economics and What Can It Offer to Public Policy
13.55 Comment from State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen
14. 00 Questions from the audience

14.10 Professor George Loewenstein (Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University):
Using Experimental Research to Inform Policy Making
14.55 Comment from assistant professor Topi Miettinen
15. 00 Questions from the audience

15.10 Intermission and coffee

15.30 Researcher Pelle Guldborg Hansen (Roskilde University & Danish Nudging Network):
How Do Behavioural Economics And Nudges Work In The Nordic Countries
16.00 Questions from the audience

16.15 Panel discussion:
How To Get Started In Finland
Participants: O’Donnell, Loewenstein, Guldborg Hansen, State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen (The Prime Minister’s Office) and assistant professor on behavioural economics Topi Miettinen (Hanken School of Economics). Tänk’s Advocacy Director Tiina Likki acts as the chairperson of the panel.

17.00 – 18.00 Informal cocktails