Behavioural Insights for New Zealand's COVID-19 response

Published - 8 April 2020

Thomas and Vishal are self-confessed behavioural insight infovores. Through New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown, they have been reviewing academic papers, research articles, statistics and connecting with the international community to explore New Zealand's response from a behavioural science lens.

They hosted a Zoom webinar with the Auckland Behavioural Economics Network and the Wellington Behavioural Economics Network on 7 April 2020 to share their findings from behavioural science and related social sciences on moral decision-making, science communication, physical distancing and wellbeing.

Moral decision-making References:

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler Experimental Economics Lecture 9: Social Norms - https://www.wiwi-experimente.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/fg210/VL10_Social_norms_HE.pdf

Van Bavel, J. J., Boggio, P., Capraro, V., Cichocka, A., Cikara, M., Crockett, M., … Willer, R. (2020, March 24). Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/y38m9

Fehr, E., & Gachter, S. (2000). Cooperation and punishment in public goods experiments. American Economic Review, 90(4), 980-994.

Science Communication References:

Van Bavel, J. J., Boggio, P., Capraro, V., Cichocka, A., Cikara, M., Crockett, M., … Willer, R. (2020, March 24). Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/y38m9

Caria, S., Fetzer, T., Fiorin, S., Goetz, F., Gomez, M., Haushofer, J., Hensel, L., Ivchenko, A., Jachimowicz, J., Kraft-Todd, G., Reutskaja, E., Roth, C., Witte, M., & Yoeli. E., "Measuring Worldwide COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs", available online at: https://osf.io/3sn2k/

Pennycook, G., McPhetres, J., Zhang, Y., & Rand, D. G. (2020, March 17). Fighting COVID-19 misinformation on social media: Experimental evidence for a scalable accuracy nudge intervention. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/uhbk9

India Behavioural Economics Network - https://youtu.be/nwPLHlEBN30

Physical Distancing References:

Mona Chalabi - https://www.instagram.com/monachalabi/?hl=en

NZ Police & Wellington Paranormal - https://youtu.be/ttXnKa9lW7I

Ministry of Health - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/3/24/21188121/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing-1918-spanish-flu

India Behavioural Economics Network - https://youtu.be/nwPLHlEBN30

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/near-real-time-studies-look-for-behavioral-measures-vital-to-stopping-coronavirus/

https://econofact.org/lessons-from-the-1918-flu-pandemic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/how-cities-flattened-curve-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-coronavirus/

Wellbeing References:

https://www.behaviouralbydesign.co.nz/post/3-wellbeing-insights-to-reduce-loneliness-in-lockdown

Boothby, E. J., Clark, M. S., & Bargh, J. A. (2014). Shared experiences are amplified. Psychological science, 25(12), 2209-2216.

https://freakonomics.com/podcast/loneliness/

https://behavioralscientist.org/increasing-social-connection-while-social-distancing-during-coronavirus/

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