The SPE are delighted to join forces with the Women’s Economist Network (WEN) to host a webinar looking at behaviour changes post COVID. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses around the world to adapt to a ‘new normal’. The workplace has changed - possibly for good. Bustling city centre offices have been replaced with makeshift desks at kitchen counters and the traditional 9 to 5 workday has dissolved into a more flexible regime fit to accommodate a range of caring responsibilities. In a brief talk Guila Tagliaferri will discuss why the disruption to work life caused by the pandemic, while taxing, also presents organisations with an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate their workplace cultures and decide what aspects of the pre-COVID working system they want to keep and what parts they’d rather retire. The webinar will then open up into a panel discussion with Frontier Economics behavioural economics expert, Laura Petshnig.
Giulia Tagliaferri is a Senior Research Advisor in the Communities, Education and Health team. She leads BIT analytical work in complex quantitative evaluations (observational data, quasi-experimental methods, thorny RCTs) in education, social capital and health. More recently, she has been involved in designing and analysing field and online RCTs to inform the government response to the COVID-19 emergency. Prior to joining BIT, Giulia worked for the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) at the London School of Economics, conducting research in the field of education. She completed her PhD in Economics at Queen Mary University of London in 2018, where her research focused on the economics of identity. She holds an MSc and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from Universita’ Bocconi in Milan.
Laura Petschnig is a commercial strategy expert at Frontier Economics where she advises retail, financial services and consumer businesses. After completing her Master’s degree in behavioural and economic science, Laura joined Frontier as one of the first economic consultancies to embrace behavioural economics and build it into strategic advice. She helped to develop Frontier’s behavioural approach, applying it to questions faced by commercial businesses. She has led work in developing nudge programmes for retail businesses; applying behavioural economics to regulation of financial services; running behavioural training programmes for hundreds of managers and decisions makers; and innovating products and business models using behavioural insight. Originally from Austria, Laura worked in journalism before she got into consulting.
This event will be held as a live Webinar.