Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics (MDAE) in collaboration with BEAST presents

Behavioural Economics in Public Policy

16 Hours (Track 1 and 2) or 8 Hours (Track 1) | Live Interactive | 

Starting 23rd October  |  Weekend(Sat-Sun): 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM | 

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Course Overview:

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 4 week program with 2 in-depth online classroom sessions a week which will be filled with discussions, case studies - related to both short term and long term behavioural change in diverse settings, in-class experiments, post-class readings and most importantly, practical problems where you will have to apply everything that you are learning.

  • An understanding of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of behavioural economics
  • Learned how we can meaningfully predict and influence human behaviour 'for good'
  • Critically examined applications and case studies from real world policy settings
  • Developed a methodology, mindset, and framework to design and implement behavioural change techniques to policy problems 

Behavioural Economics in Public Policy is created for policy/change makers with a wide range of backgrounds, policy areas and responsibilities. Recommended applicants include:

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

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

                                      Key Features

Live Coaching

16 hours (Track 1 and Track 2) or 8 hours (Track 1) instructor-led, live interactive training.


Pre Course Evaluation & Post Course Evaluation

Case Studies


Constant Learner Support

Digital office hours + teaching assistant + lifetime recording access on LMS.

Alumni Status

Industry event invitations + student network access

Career Enhancement

1 session for resume building & interview tips.

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Meet Your Course Faculty

Karan Arora

Founder & CEO, BEAST

Karan is Founder & CEO at BEAST, where he has helped organisations use behavioural insights to solve complex challenges. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indian School of Public Policy. Karan holds an MSc (Distinction) in Behavioural and Economic Science from the University of Warwick. His experience ranges over consumer preference research, pricing analysis, experimental studies, behavioural marketing & communication design, organisational change management, market & industry analysis. Karan is passionate about democratizing behavioural economics and creating behavioural change products. His interests lie in strategic thinking, product design, big data and finance.

Divanshu Sethi

Behavioural Economist, BEAST

Divanshu is a Behavioural Economist at BEAST, and has worked on a diverse portfolio of clients helping them use behavioural insights to solve organisational challenges. He holds an M.Sc. Philosophy and Public Policy degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Economics and Business from University College London. Previously, Divanshu started a Digital Saving startup which used nudge tools and behavioural insights to increase savings in the underserved markets, and has worked with public policy institutions in London and Delhi. He is also an editor of an academically focused magazine. His interest lies in understanding cognitive biases, rational choice theory, how nudge can positively impact the social and economic environment, and the ethics of behavioural sciences.


We’re a team of behavioural economists, advisors, and mentors, with a passion and expertise for applying behavioural insights within the Global South. 

Our goal is to create products and services that leverage behavioural economics and psychology to help people make better decisions. 

Our clients span across industries such as Finance, Education, and Automobiles: HSBC, PaisaBazaar, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, Manipal Education, Toyota, Amdocs, Hero to name a few. 

Besides consulting, we also have an online behavioural economics school called “BEAST U” with courses, faculty development programs and workshops in behavioural economics and behavioural finance.

Our learners come from diverse academic institutions such as The Indian School of Public Policy, The University of Alberta, UCL, The Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Read more about our diverse offerings on our company's website:

Session-Wise Course Curriculum 

Track 1 (8 Hours)

In this session, we will be getting a broad level introduction to behavioural economics, the value it adds to the policy-maker’s toolkit and explore its adoption in policy-making units globally.

In this session, we will evaluate the frailties in the ‘rational models’ of traditional economics. Subsequently, we will explore key psychological findings and tenets of behavioural decision-making such as dual system theory, prospect theory, heuristics & biases, loss aversion, endowment effect, framing effect, power of defaults.

In this session we will explore the behavioural economics of intertemporal choice – doing now vs doing later. We will evaluate self-control problems, procrastination and inconsistent preferences. Will see also see how visceral effects and emotional states - hatred, vengeance, reciprocity, trust, fairness, influence our choices in a variety of settings. Lastly, we will critically examine the implications in a variety of public policy settings (health, savings, and more) and see how we can help people make better decisions over the life cycle and improve outcomes.

In this session we will critically investigate the main methods, techniques and efficacy of applied behavioural techniques such as ‘nudging’ and ‘choice architecture’ to improve policy adoption and impact in the field. We will leverage the conceptual ideas covered previously in the program and explore various successful case studies globally.

Track 2 (+8 Hours)

In this session we will get an in-depth understanding of the behavioural design process. We will learn how to identify ‘behavioural bottlenecks’ using primary research and design solutions using cutting-edge behavioural change frameworks – nudges and beyond. We will also understand the nuances of designing and running behavioural experiments.

In this session we will debate the various ethical considerations behind behavioural change strategies such as ‘nudge’, how we can create frameworks to ensure it is done ‘for good’, and the most common operational models of nudge units. We will additionally explore big data-driven and machine learning based behavioural change techniques being adopted in mature public policy units for personalized interventions.

Students will be divided into groups and will devise behavioural solutions to a public policy problem. The task will require them to diagnose behavioural barriers to the problems using the concepts studied in class, design behaviour - based solutions, create an experimental framework and elucidate possible issues/ drawbacks. Support will be provided from the instructors and the exercise will focus on giving practical experience using the behavioural toolkit.

In this session, each group will present their solutions from the NudgeShop! To be followed by a Q&A and wrap-up!


Slack community

Students need to post at least one question and answer on Slack each week related to the required readings for the week. The students need to post a question that builds on the reading. For example, if we have covered present bias in the session, you may post a question – ‘How do you think the present bias plays a role in low enrolment rates in government schools?’. Or perhaps, ‘Do you think we can devise a home-based solution to combat present bias in binge watching Netflix? There is no right or wrong question/answer.

The student will be given a full 20% if a question and answer is posted each week. Missing out on a week will lead to the loss of the entire 20% (what behavioural technique are we using here? ;) ) – For both Tracks

Public Policy Problem

A long answer question which requires critical application of the behavioural economics literature to a public policy problem of the student’s choice. The essay needs to be a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references). – For both Tracks (weight 80% for Track 1, 40% for Track 2)


Practical group exercise – only Track 2 (weight 40% for Track 2)

Certificate of completion will be provided to all students scoring greater than 50% on aggregate in the assessments.

Required readings will be shared with the students after each session.

Sessions style:

All sessions are highly interactive, with a focus on collaborative learning.

Our method of teaching focuses on helping participants discover the insights on their own as they move through the sessions, and learn through our large repository of real-life cases and examples.

All case studies are included in the lecture slides and readings.

Example cases and projects:

  • How can nudges improve the effectiveness of taxes?
  • How can nudges improve savings?
  • How can nudges increase voter turnout?
  • How can nudges increase immunization rates?
  • How can we use behavioural economics to curb the spread of misinformation in India?

MDAE Alumni               Track Record

MDAE alumni working in diverse roles across leading companies.

Arushi Mishra 

Data Consultant

Vallari Naik

 Trainee Decision Scientist

Pooja Joshi

  Senior Research Analyst

Nishitha Mehta

Risk Analyst

Swati Shrimali

 Business Analyst

Ujas Shah

  Research Analyst

What Our Students Say About Our Faculty  

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Also, the professor seemed quite knowledgeable. We need more teachers like him!"

Vrinda Khanna

"The course offered by the academy was very meaningful, concepts like nudges were cleared very effectively, many examples were given for more clarity and understanding."


"The course was pretty good and to the point with thoughtful discussion. It never felt like we were attending a lecture."

Raj Ravariya

"I love to learn about the topic as it's helpful for gaining knowledge and further studies"

Ananya Banerjee


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(2 Tracks | 16 Hours)

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Track 2 is the more applied part of the course and covers cutting-edge practical tools that can be used to design behavioural change interventions. It also provides guided experience on using the tools through in class exercises.

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