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Lunn, Pete

Works: 33 works in 40 publications in 1 language and 131 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other
Classifications: H97, 320.6
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Most widely held works by Pete Lunn
Using evidence to inform policy by Pete Lunn( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique new book systematically explores and demonstrates the potential breadth and value of the contribution that evidence can make to policy, while also highlighting its limitations. * Provides a comprehensive insight into the complex relationship between evidence and policy, arguing that policy should be informed by evidence as far as resources and systems permit, but that policy can rarely be solely based on evidence. * Aims to contribute to a more mutually constructive relationship between researchers and policymakers, by advancing the understanding of how and when evidence can inform policy. * Using informative examples, it demonstrates how national and international research can be used to good effect, while clearly identifying the range of methodologies that are relevant to different areas of policy. * Presenting eleven studies drawn from recent ESRI research projects, available on, it illustrates different aspects of the relationship between evidence and policy, and how these vary by policy area. Written for: * Courses in economics, sociology, political science, governance and social policy, at postgraduate and undergraduate level * Civil servants, politicians, policymakers, researchers and analysts in the public sector, who are looking to understand how to improve the use of evidence in the design of public policy
The perception of stereoscopic surfaces by Peter D Lunn( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The games we used to play An application of survival analysis to the sporting life-course by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the absence of longitudinal data, recall data is used to examine participation in sport. Techniques of survival analysis are adapted and applied to illuminate the dynamics of sporting life. The likelihood of participation has a distinct pattern across the life-course, rising to a peak at 15 years of age, falling sharply in late teenage years and more gradually during adulthood. Logistic regressions and Cox regressions reveal strong effects on participation of gender, cohort and socioeconomic status, which vary over the life-course and by type of sport. The findings add significantly to previous work and have implications for policymakers wishing to increase physical activity. -- Sporting participation ; Health ; Survival analysis ; Recall data
Do Consumers Understand PCP Car Finance? An Experimental Investigation by Terence J McElvaney( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can I get for it? a theoretical and empirical re-analysis of the endowment effect by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

We hypothesise and confirm a previously unnoticed pattern within pre-existing data on the endowment effect, collected via seven experiments employing the original design. Subjects with low valuations in binary choice relative to other subjects set a proportionally higher willingness to accept. Those with high valuations set a proportionally lower willingness to pay. The results challenge current theories, including models of reference dependent preferences. The findings imply that buyers and sellers consider not only their own preferences, but also their perceptions of potential deals. We propose a model of optimal exchange that rationalises this behaviour and accounts for the new findings. -- Endowment effect ; willingness to pay ; willingness to accept ; loss aversion
Behavioural economics and policymaking learning from the early adopters by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This paper critically examines initial applications of Behavioural Economics (BE) to policymaking. It focuses primarily but not exclusively on what can be learnt from the early adopters of policies inspired by BE, notably America and Britain. BE is defined by its inductive scientific approach to economics, which results in empirical demonstrations that are persuasive to policymakers facing practical problems. The analysis identifies three routes via which BE has influenced policy: (1) the theory of libertarian paternalism ("nudges"), (2) the provision of toolkits for policymakers seeking behavioural change, and (3) the expansion of the skill-set of applied economists (and scientists in related disciplines). The effectiveness of each route is assessed, in terms of the likelihood of successfully integrating scientific advances with policy development. The analysis concludes that route (3) is the only one that can adapt to the ongoing and rapid evolution of what is a young science. Successful policy applications are most likely where there is expert input to policy development and the capacity to engage in applied experimentation and piloting of policy ideas. The implication is that countries, including Ireland, are more likely to reap the benefits of BE if they create an effective interface between applied economists and policymakers. -- Behavioural Economics ; Policy
Are consumer decision-making phenomena a fourth market failure? by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This paper challenges the increasingly common view that the findings of behavioural economics constitute a fourth type of market failure. The market failure framework elevates the standard competitive market model to the status of an ideal. It provides us with tools to identify departures from the ideal model and to deduce a direction policy might take to restore it. Many behavioural phenomena also imply departures from the ideal model. Yet rather than allowing us to deduce a good direction for policy, the findings question the legitimacy and usefulness of this deductive theoretical framework for policy analysis. Two policy problems are highlighted here: the validity of inferring that consumers' choices after an intervention improve outcomes relative to their previous choices, and the potential for distributional consequences when policy alters consumers' choices. The paper concludes that, given these problems, conceiving of the relevant behavioural phenomena as an additional form of market failure is potentially to misunderstand their implications for consumer and competition policy
The euro through the looking-glass perceived inflation following the 2002 currency changeover by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Following the Euro changeover in January 2002, consumers across the Euro Area perceived a sharp rise in inflation, in contrast to official figures. Several theories have been advanced to explain this apparent economic illusion, but they struggle to account for its striking scale and persistence. We offer an alternative account, based on the premise that the currency changeover increased consumers’ perceptual error when assessing the value of monetary amounts. Under plausible assumptions, this would lead them to experience a loss of purchasing power. We confirm two empirical hypotheses in support of the theory: (1) the extent of overestimation of inflation was strongly associated with subjective difficulty using the Euro; (2) there was a simultaneous downward shift in expected inflation. Our results imply that currency changeovers are not simple matters of numerical conversion. -- Euro changeover ; uncertainty ; inflation perceptions ; inflation expectations ; consumer behaviour
Using behavioural science to help fight the coronavirus by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This paper summarises useful evidence from behavioural science for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. It is based on an extensive literature search of relevant behavioural interventions and studies of crises. The findings aim to be useful not only to government and public authorities, but to organisations, workplaces and households
Can policy improve our financial decision-making? by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Worth a try a statistical analysis of Brian O'Driscoll's contribution to the Irish rugby team by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The unique characteristics of Brian O'Driscoll's international rugby career provide a rare opportunity to obtain a measure of the impact of an individual player on the outcome of a team game. Generally, small samples and selection bias make such estimates unreliable. O'Driscoll, however, was an automatic selection for games against frontline opposition for 15 years, during which he missed a proportion of matches through injury. We model his impact on Ireland's results, treating injury as a random event and controlling for home advantage and the strength of the opposition. We find that O'Driscoll's presence was worth 6-7 points per game. We also find that he was particularly influential in close games, increasing the probability of victory by more than home advantage, both during the earlier and later parts of his career. Our models suggest that no other Irish player during the period made such a contribution, although they do indicate that some half-backs were similarly influential in close games
The role of decision-making biases in Ireland's banking crisis by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This paper considers Ireland's banking crisis from the perspective of behavioural economics. It assesses whether known biases in judgement and decision-making were instrumental in the development and severity of the crisis. It investigates evidence that key decision-makers, including consumers, businesspeople, bankers and regulators, as well as parties such as civil servants, politicians, academics and journalists, were influenced by seven specific phenomena which have been identified previously via experiments and field studies. It concludes that evidence is consistent with the influence of these established phenomena. Ireland's long boom, rapid financial integration and lack of relevant past experience may have increased the vulnerability of decision-makers to economic and financial reasoning that proved disadvantageous. The analysis has potential implications for attempts to prevent future crises. -- Decision-making biases ; Financial crises ; Behavioural economics ; Ireland
An experimental investigation of personal loan choices by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Interventions to increase physical activity in disadvantaged communities a review of behavioural mechanisms by Laura Gormley( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Physical inactivity is now a significant driver of health and social inequalities among socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and poses a major challenge to policymakers, worldwide. Although a vast amount of research has focused on designing and evaluating interventions to increase physical activity, there remains little consensus on which interventions are likely to work. In this narrative review, we build on previous reviews by not only examining what interventions tend to work but by trying to understand why certain interventions tend to work, while others do not, through the lens of behavioural science. We present a behavioural framework through which the existing body of physical activity research could be viewed, in order to identify potentially effective mechanisms that would be likely to work in their intended domain. Our analysis finds that while there is evidence that the physical and educational environment matter for increasing levels of physical activity, interventions are more likely to be successful where they involve a social component. We conclude that a behaviourally informed physical activity intervention would thus employ a set of focused educational and socially-mediated behavioural mechanisms, within an appropriate physical environment
An experiment for regulatory policy on broadband speed advertising by Shane Timmons( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Identifying whether hyperbolic advertising claims influence consumers is important for consumer protection, but differentiating mere "puffery" from misleading advertising is not straightforward. We conducted a pre-registered experiment to determine whether pseudo-technical advertising claims about broadband speed bias consumer choice. We tested whether these claims lead consumers to (i) make suboptimal choices and (ii) choose faster, more expensive broadband packages than they otherwise would. We also tested a potential policy response, consisting of consumer information on broadband speeds and how they are advertised. One-in-five consumers chose a provider advertising "lightning fast" broadband over another offering the same speed at a cheaper price. Puffery also led consumers to choose faster, more expensive packages than consumers who saw no such claims. The information intervention (i) decreased the proportion of suboptimal decisions, (ii) increased the likelihood that consumers switched package, and (iii) improved understanding of speed descriptions. The findings suggest that a relatively soft regulatory intervention may benefit broadband consumers
Is it riskier to meet 100 people outdoors or 14 people indoors? comparing public and expert perceptions of COVID-19 risk by Shane Timmons( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

How do people perceive and integrate multiple contextual risk factors for COVID-19 infection? We elicited risk perceptions from a nationally representative sample of the public (N = 800) using three psychologically-distinct tasks. Responses were compared to a sample of medical experts who completed the same tasks. The public underestimated the risk associated with environmental factors (such as whether a gathering takes place indoors or outdoors) and the implications when multiple risk factors are present. Our results are consistent with a heuristic simply to 'avoid people' and with a coarse (e.g. 'safe or unsafe') classification of social settings. A further task, completed only by the general public sample, generated novel evidence that when the risk of infection competes against a risk in another domain (e.g. a different medical risk), people perceive a lower likelihood of contracting the virus. The results have implications for public health communications and psychological theory
Rugby in Ireland a statistical analysis of participation by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Research funded by the Irish Rugby football Union (IRFU) highlights the need to address a pattern of children dropping out of playing the sport as they get older. The study also highlighted opportunities to get more women and people from lower socio-economic groups involved in rugby
The Surplus Identification task and limits to multi-attribute consumer choice by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

We present a novel experimental method for investigating consumer choice. The Surplus Identification (S-ID) task is inspired by studies of detection in perceptual psychophysics. It employs a forced-choice procedure, in which participants must decide whether a novel product is worth more or less than the price at which it is being offered, that is, whether there is a positive or negative surplus. The SI-D task reveals how precision, bias and learning vary across attribute and price structures. We illustrate its use by testing for cognitive capacity constraints in multi-attribute choice in three separate experiments, with implications for models of bounded rationality and rational inattention. As the number of product attributes rises from one to four in the S-ID task (Experiment 1), participants cannot integrate additional information efficiently and they display systematic, persistent biases, despite incentivised opportunities to learn. Experiment 2 demonstrates how the S-ID task can be used to track learning and serves as a robustness check for the findings of Experiment 1. Experiment 3 adapts the S-ID task to test accuracy of surplus identification when multiple attributes are perfectly correlated. The S-ID task also has the potential to test multiple aspects of consumer choice models and to test specific hypotheses about the cognitive mechanisms behind surplus identification
Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic by Pete Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Self-isolation is a vital element of efforts to contain COVID-19. We report an online experiment with a nationally representative sample (N=500) that tested behaviourally informed decision aids to support self-isolation. The experiment had three stages that tested interventions designed to help individuals to: (i) decide whether they need to self-isolate; (ii) be confident in their ability to self-isolate should they need to; and (iii) manage a household in which an individual needs to selfisolate. Relative to prevailing public health advice, displaying decision trees improved participants' decisions about when selfisolation was necessary, although they systematically underestimated the need to self-isolate in the presence of less common COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. sore throat, fatigue). Interaction with an online planning tool increased confidence about coping with self-isolation among adults aged under 40. Presenting advice in the form of infographics improved recall and comprehension of how to manage self-isolation. The study demonstrates how public health policy can benefit from behavioural pre-testing of interventions
Surplus identification with non-linear returns by Peter D Lunn( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

We present evidence from two experiments designed to quantify the impact of cognitive constraints on consumers' ability to identify surpluses. Participants made repeated forced-choice decisions about whether products conferred surpluses, comparing one or two plainly perceptible attributes against displayed prices. Returns to attributes varied in linearity, scale and relative weight. Despite the apparent simplicity of this task, in which participants were incentivised and able to attend fully to all relevant information, surplus identification was surprisingly imprecise and subject to systematic bias. Performance was unaffected by monotonic non-linearities in returns, but non-monotonic non-linearities reduced the likelihood of detecting a surplus. Regardless of the shape of returns, learning was minimal and largely confined to initial exposures. Although product value was objectively determined, participants exhibited biases previously observed in subjective discrete choice, suggesting common cognitive mechanisms. These findings have implications for consumer choice models and for ongoing attempts to account for cognitive constraints in applied microeconomic contexts
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Lunn, P. D.

Lunn, Pete Daniel

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Lunn, Peter D.

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