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Behavioural Public Policy

Learn how behavioural insights can be used to help construct better public policies

Program Objectives

  • Understanding the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of behavioural economics

  • Critically examining how government agencies and nonprofit organizations have used behavioural insights to improve public policy

  • Learning new behaviorally informed policy tools - nudge, choice architecture and more - that can be applied to address policy problems across sectors


  • Developing a methodology, mindset, and framework to design and implement behavioural change techniques in public policy

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4 Weeks


1-1 Mentorship

100% Online

2-3 Hours Per Week

1 Session of 30 Minutes

Course Description

Behavioural Insights have overhauled traditional economic thinking, leading to the birth of behavioural economics which combines some of the best ideas in Economics, Psychology and the other social sciences to vastly improve our understanding of the decision-making process - both rational and irrational (Winning three Nobel Prizes in the past).


Most importantly, it provides us with practical, scientific tools to help people make better decisions, and improve the impact of policy actions as seen through the meteoric growth of ‘Nudge Units’ globally.

The most important goal of this program is to give you an in-depth understanding of the work done by some of these scholars and practitioners, and make you an expert at understanding, diagnosing and designing behavioural change interventions that help people make better decisions and achieve policy or social welfare outcomes.


In order to achieve this goal, the course has been designed into a self-paced program with pre-recorded sessions filled with insights, case studies - related to both short term and long term behavioural change across diverse settings, post-class readings, quizzes and most importantly, practical problems where you will have to apply everything that you are learning.

This program is for: 

  • Working professionals in national, state/district/provincial and local governments who wish to apply behavioural insights to public policy interventions 

  • Working professionals from foundations/non-government and nonprofit organisations who work on public policy issues and wish to increase the impact and delivery of the projects they undertake.

  • Students eager to build a career in public policy/social change.

A background in economics, statistics, psychology, sociology or any other specific discipline is not a pre-requisite.


Understanding of
Behavioural Public Policy


6 Video Lectures


 6 Interactive Quizzes 


20 + Curated Research Papers & Readings


Capstone Project


Behavioural Change Tools & Frameworks


Certificate of Completion


Real-world examples and case studies


Personalized mentorship

Teaching Team

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Karan Arora

Karan is Founder & CEO at BEAST, where he has helped organizations use behavioural insights to solve complex challenges. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indian School of Public Policy & Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. Karan holds an MSc (Distinction) in Behavioural and Economic Science from the University of Warwick. His experience ranges over improving conversions for large Fintech companies, consumer research, equity investing and changing employee behaviours.
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Divanshu Sethi

Divanshu is a Behavioural Economist at BEAST, and has worked on a diverse portfolio of clients helping them use behavioural insights to solve organizational challenges.  Previously, he founded a Digital Saving startup which used nudge tools and behavioural insights to increase savings, primarily in the underserved market. He holds an M.Sc. Philosophy and Public Policy degree from the London School of Economics.


Capstone Project

​The capstone project is custom designed to give you practical experience applying the learnings from the course to a real-world problem (it is also the most liked aspect of our course by students!).

Given the experience of our faculty in applying and teaching behavioural economics, the project is specifically designed to emulate the different aspects a behavioural economics practitioner would have to think through in order to create impactful interventions and solutions in a public policy setting.

Options for the problem statement are provided by us, however, the project can also be tailored into a research piece that the student wishes to undertake in their relevant interest area.


In this case, a faculty member will provide guidance (through the mentorship session).

All the capstone projects are instructor graded and feedback is provided.



"For someone seeking to delve deep into the world of behavioural economics, this course is a treat.


The wealth of information and resources provided is much more than I have come across in other online courses, basing much of the teachings on real-world examples.


Moreover, the end assignment sets this course apart from others and ties it well by forcing the learner to put into action all that they've learnt and in doing so better enabling them to think like behavioural economists.


All in all, it has been a valuable experience, one that has pushed me to further my interest in the field."

—  Aiswarya Sunil, Student



Where is the course hosted?

  • The course is hosted on the e-learning platform Teachable. After enrolling, you will instantly get access to the course dashboard and content

Can I enroll now and start the course later?

  • Yes, the course is entirely self-paced. You can enroll and start the course at your convenience

Can I complete the course after the suggested time of 4 weeks?

  • Yes, the course is entirely self-paced and can be completed as per your own schedule. However, in order to maximize learning (and combat the present bias ;)), we suggest you commit to completing it within the suggested time to get the most out of the course - as it was designed with this timeline.

How long can I access the course and its materials?

  • After enrolling in the course, you will have lifetime access to all the content. 

Can I share the certificate on social media platforms?

  • Yes, our course certificate can be integrated into professional platforms like LinkedIn under the education/certificates section. 

What if I have queries during the course?

  • Through Teachable, all students can directly email us.

What can I talk about in the mentorship session and how do I set it up?

  • During the mentorship call, you can discuss anything you would want about behavioural public policy. This could be clarifications regarding concepts, careers and further study opportunities, guidance for practical work you may be undertaking. The session is 1-1 personalized and you can share the agenda beforehand with the mentor. The session can be booked through Teachab​le.

Does the course require any pre-requisites?

  • No, the course does not require any pre-requisites and is suitable for anybody interested in behavioural public policy and its applications.


Have more questions?

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