Job Centre RCT for Employment Seeking

Behavioural Insights Team (2013)
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Summary by 
Mark Egan

The Behavioural Insights Team ran a 6 month Randomized Controlled Trial with Jobcentre Plus in Essex to test the impact of several changes to the way the centre operates, specifically through commitment devices & emphasis on building psychological resilience. They found job seekers in the treatment group 15-20% more likely to be off benefits 13 weeks after signing on.