Spotlight on Prof Michael J Hiscox

Spotlight on Prof Michael J Hiscox

Domestic Policy Behavioural Economics
Monday, 01 February 2016

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Professor Michael J. Hiscox has returned to Australia from his position as the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University to head up the  Behavioural Economics Team (BETA) within PM&C.

BETA is the Australian Government’s first central unit dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences in public policy.

To take up the position, Michael has taken leave from his position at the university where he is a founding faculty member of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group – a group of more than 30 of Harvard’s research scholars - at Harvard’s Centre for Public Leadership. He is also co-director of the Sustainability, Transparency, and Accountability Research Lab - part of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group with bases in Harvard and Sydney.

Prior to joining BETA some of his recent behavioural economics works has included boosting volunteering for charity, and increasing off-peak commuting.

Michael was born and raised in Tamworth, Australia, and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

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