Toronto Workshop on Behavioural Economics and “Nudge” Thinking

Event Type: Course

Location: Yorkville Conference Centre
150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2X9

This one-day course takes policymaking to the next level to help you better navigate the complex policy landscape and create the conditions for success.  It provides a comprehensive overview of behavioural economics and how its key concepts can be used in real-world policy development.

Who should participate in this course?

Seasoned policy analysts and those with a keen interest in new policy directions will find this course invaluable.  It provides a more realistic understanding of how decisions are made under conditions of risk, uncertainty and complexity, and discusses how behavioural insights improve policy design and implementation.

Participants will be able to better understand

  • How conventional analysis can be supported by behavioural economic insights to improve the design and implementation of public policy
  • How concepts such as status quo bias, default options, loss aversion, choice paralysis, anchoring effects, saliency bias and social norms can be used to “nudge” citizens toward better policy choices
  • How governments can recognize behavioural biases that commonly effect policymakers and take measures to mitigate these situations.

What can you expect

The course is delivered by seasoned policy practitioners, who use practical exercises and real-world case studies to strengthen your policymaking skills.  It uses interactive discussions and exercises related to key challenges facing policy analysts to illustrate core ideas in behavioural economics.

What past participants have said about the course

“Lots of new, interesting information. Very applicable to policy making.”

“The instructors make the course fluid and easy to absorb.”

“The instructors facilitated a great learning environment and created a relaxed, informed classroom.”

Course fee

The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, and a buffet lunch. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card and request an invoice.

Why more innovative policy analysis and development techniques are needed

Public servants engaged in policymaking need to develop a set of skills and tools that are adaptive and responsive to the complexity of modern policy issues.   These tools can help policymakers design policies that are simpler and more user-friendly. Behavioural economics provides new tools for policy development, implementation and engagement that are better aligned with modern policy challenges.  It also provides insights on how to avoid some of the behavioural biases that frequently effect policy makers themselves.

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have more information on this course, please contact David Sevigny at or 613-562-0090 ext. 245.

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