BRU Publications

Below we have organised our published articles and working papers by topic.

If you have difficulty accessing any of our papers, please email us at bru@esri.ie

Published Papers

Papadopoulos, A., McGowan, F., Timmons, S., & Lunn, P.D. (2023). Switching activity in retail financial markets in Ireland. ESRI Research Series, No., 161. [ESRI Report] [Press Release]

Belton, C.A., Robertson, D.A., & Lunn, P.D. (2022). An Experimental Approach to Measuring Consumer Preferences for Water Charges. Utilities Policy, 76, 101375. [Journal Article][Press Release]

Julienne, H., Barjaková, M., Robertson, D. A., & Lunn, P. D. (2021). The effects of online disclosure about personalised pricing on consumers: Results from a lab experiment in Ireland and Chile. OECD publishing. [OECD Report] [Research Bulletin]

Timmons, S., Barjaková, M., McElvaney, T. J., & Lunn, P. (2020). Official advice improves mortgage-holders’ perception of switching: Experimental evidence. Behavioral Public Policy.  [Journal Article (open access)] [Research Bulletin] [Press Release] [OSF]

Timmons, S., McElvaney, T. J. & Lunn, P. D. (2020). An experiment for regulatory policy on broadband speed advertising. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, 3(2), 17-24. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [OSF]

Carthy, P., Lunn, P. D., & Lyons, S. (2020). Demographic variation in active consumer behaviour: On-line search for retail broadband services. Heliyon, 6(7), e04478. [Journal Article] [Research Bulletin]

Belton, C., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Smart choices? An experimental study of smart meters and time-of-use tariffs in Ireland. Energy Policy, 111243. [Journal Article] [Working Paper[Research Bulletin] [Press Release] [OSF]

McGowan, F. P., & Lunn, P. D. (2019). Supporting decision-making in retirement planning: Do diagrams on Pension Benefit Statements help? Journal of Pension Economics & Finance, 1-21. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version] [Research Bulletin]

Timmons, S., McGowan, F. P., & Lunn, P. D. (2019). Setting defaults for online banking transactions: Experimental evidence from personal loan repayment terms. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance23, 161-165. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version] [Research Bulletin] [OSF]

McElvaney, T. J., Lunn, P. D., & McGowan, F. P. (2018). Do consumers understand PCP car finance? An experimental investigation. Journal of Consumer Policy41(3), 229-255. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version] [Research Bulletin]

Lunn, P. D., & Lyons, S. (2018). Consumer switching intentions for telecoms services: evidence from Ireland. Heliyon4(5), e00618. [Journal Article (open access)] [Research Bulletin]

Lunn, P., McGowan, F. P., & Howard, N. (2018). Do some financial product features negatively affect consumer decisions? A review of evidence. ESRI Research Series Report No 78. [ESRI Report]

Lunn, P. D. & Bohacek, M. (2017). Price transparency in residential electricity: Experiments for regulatory policy. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, 1(2), 31-37. [Journal Article (open access)] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin]

Lunn, P., Bohacek, M., & Rybicki, A. (2016). An experimental investigation of personal loan choices. Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). [ESRI Report]

Lunn, P., Bohacek, M., Somerville, J., Ni Choisdealbha, A., & McGowan, F. (2016). Price Lab: An investigation of consumers’ capabilities with complex products. Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Research Series. [ESRI Report]

Lunn, P. D., & Duffy, D. (2015). Perceptual noise and perceived inflation after the Euro currency changeover. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance7, 1-16. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version]

Lunn, P. D. (2013). Telecommunications consumers: A behavioral economic analysis. Journal of Consumer Affairs47(1), 167-189. [Journal Article[Downloadable Version] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin]

Lunn, P. D. (2013). The role of decision-making biases in Ireland's banking crisis. Irish Political Studies28(4), 563-590. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version]

Lunn, P. (2012). Can Policy Improve Our Financial Decision-Making? (No. EC8). Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). [ESRI Report]

Lunn, P., & Lyons, S. (2010). Behavioural economics and “vulnerable consumers”: a summary of evidence. Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute. [ESRI Report]

Duffy, D., & Lunn, P. D. (2009). The misperception of inflation by Irish consumers. The Economic and Social Review40(2), 139. [Journal Article (open access)] [Working Paper]
 

 

Working Papers

Poluektova, O., Barjaková, M. & Lunn, P. D. (2023). Testing a behaviourally-informed product comparison tool for private health insurance. ESRI Working Paper 753, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

McGowan, F., Papdopoulos, A., Lunn, P.D. (2023). Who switches and why? A diagnostic survey of retail financial services in Ireland. ESRI Working Paper 748, Dublin: ESRI, [Working Paper]

Timmons, S., Robertson, D & P. Lunn (2022). Combining nudges and boosts to increase precautionary saving: A large-scale field experiment,-. ESRI Working Paper 722, Dublin: ESRI, [Working Paper

Lunn, P., Julienne, H., Belton, C. & Timmons, S. -(2022). Understanding Solutions to Problem Debt: An Experimental Investigation-,. ESRI Working Paper 726, Dublin: ESRI, [Working Paper] 

Belton, C. A., Lavin, C., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Eliciting trade-offs between water charges and service benefits in Scotland. ESRI Working Paper 655, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

Belton, C. A., Robertson, D. A., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). An experimental study of attitudes to changing water charges in Scotland. ESRI Working Paper 654, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

McGowan, F. P., Lunn, P., & Robertson, D. A. (2019). Underestimation of money growth and pensions: Experimental investigations. ESRI Working Paper 611, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

McGowan, F. (2018). The roaming regulation and the case for applying behavioural industrial organisation to EU competition policy. ESRI Working Paper 598, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

McGowan, F. P., Lunn, P., & Robertson, D. A. (2018). The framing of options for retirement: Experimental tests for policy. ESRI Working Paper 604, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

Published Papers

Ó Ceallaigh, D., Timmons, S., Robertson, D. & Lunn, P. D. (2023). Problem Gambling: A narrative review of important policy-relevant issues. ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series No. 119. [ESRI Report].

Poluektova, O., Robertson, D.A., Rafferty, A., Cunney, R., & Lunn, P.D (2023). A Scoping Review and Behavioural Analysis of Factors Underlying Overuse of Antimicrobials, JAC Antimicrobial Resistance, 5(3). [Journal Article].

Cucchiarini, V., Lunn, P.D., Robertson, D.A., & Viale, R. (2023). Using Social and Behavioural Science to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Response. Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, pp.1-41. [Book Chapter]

Timmons, S., Carroll, E., & McGinnity, F. (2023) Experimental Tests of Public Support for Disability Policy. ESRI Research Series No. 159 [Journal Article] [Press Release]

Lunn, P.D. & Timmons, S., (2023). Public Misperceptions of COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and Waning: Experimental Evidence from Ireland. Public Health, 214, 81-84. [Journal Article]

Julienne, H., C. Lavin, C. Belton, M. Barjaková, S. Timmons & P. Lunn (2022). Behavioral pre-testing of COVID Tracker, Ireland’s contact-tracing app, Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, (5)1, 2022, [Journal Article]

Robertson, D., Mohr, K., Barjaková, M., & Lunn, P. (2022). Experimental pre-tests of public health communications on the COVID-19 vaccine: A null finding for medical endorsement, risk and altruism, Vaccine, (40)27, [Journal Article

Gormley, L., Belton, C., Lunn, P., & Robertson, D. (2022). Interventions to Increase Physical Activity: A Review of Behavioural Mechanisms, Preventive Medicine Reports, 28, August 2022, [Journal Article]

Timmons, S., Belton, C.A., Robertson, D.A., Barjaková, M., Lavin, C., Julienne, H. & Lunn P.D. (2022). Is it riskier to meet 100 people outdoors or 14 people indoors? Comparing public and expert perceptions of COVID-19 risk. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied [Journal Article][Press Release] [Working Paper] [OSF]

Barjaková, M. & Lunn P.D. (2022). Behavioural Science and the COVID-19 Pandemic: How understanding human behaviour helps policy-makers in times of crisis. Sistemi Intelligenti, 2022/2, 309-327. https://doi.org/10.1422/105042 [Journal Article (author version)]

Mallon P.W.G., Horgan M., McAloon C.G., Lunn P.D., Little J., Beck A., Bennett A., Shaver N., McConway A., O’Regan R., & Whelan B. Rapid Testing Expert Advisory Group, Ireland (2022). Development of a risk assessment profile tool to determine appropriate use of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen detection tests for different activities and events in Ireland, since October 2021. Eurosurveillance, 27(3), [Journal Article]

Lunn, P. et al. (2022). Social Activity Measure (Waves 1-36). Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). [Reports]

Robertson, D. A., Mohr, K. S., Barjaková, M., & Lunn, P. D. (2021). A lack of perceived benefits and a gap in knowledge distinguish the vaccine hesitant from vaccine accepting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Medicine, 53(7). [Journal Article] [Working Paper]

Barjaková, M., & Lunn, P.D (2021). Perception, Behaviour and Communication in relation to Rapid Antigen Detection Tests – A Narrative Review of Evidence. Paper published by the Rapid Testing Expert Advisory Group to the Department of Health. [Paper Link]

Lunn, P. D. (2021). Coronavirus in Ireland: One behavioural scientist’s view. Mind & Society. [Journal Article]

Robertson, D. A., Lavin, C., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Can visual cues to portion size reduce the number of portions consumed? Two randomized controlled trials. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Journal Article] [Research Bulletin] [Press Release] [OSF]

Timmons, S., McGinnity, F., Belton, C. A., Barjaková, M., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). It depends on how you ask: measuring bias in population surveys of compliance with COVID-19 public health guidance. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin] [OSF]

Timmons, S., Barjaková, M., Robertson, D. A., Belton, C. A., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Public understanding and perceptions of the COVID-19 test-and-trace system. ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series No. 96. [ESRI Report] [Press Release]

Belton, C. A., Julienne, H., Timmons, S., Barjaková, M., Lavin, C., McGowan, F., Lunn, P. D. (2020). Public expectations for lifting Covid-19 restrictions. ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series No. 88. [ESRI Report] [Press Release] 

Lunn, P. D., Timmons, S., Julienne, H., Belton, C. A., Barjaková, M., Lavin, C., McGowan, F. (2020). Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. [Journal Article[Working Paper] [Press Release] [OSF]

Lunn, P., Timmons, S., Belton, C. A., Barjaková, M., Julienne, H., Lavin, C. (2020). Motivating social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic: An online experiment.[Journal Article[Working Paper[Press Release] [OSF]

Lunn, P. D., Belton, C. A., Lavin, C., McGowan, F. P., Timmons, S., Robertson, D. A. (2020). Using behavioural science to help fight the Coronavirus: A rapid, narrative review. Journal of Behavioural Public Administration. 3(1) 1-15. [Journal Article] [Journal Article (author version)] [Working Paper[Press Release]

Robertson, D. A., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). The effect of spatial location of calorie information on choice, consumption and eye movements. Appetite144, 104446. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin]

Working Papers

Timmons, S., McGinnity, F., & Carroll, E. (2023). Ableism differs by disability, gender and social context: Evidence from vignette experiments. ESRI Working Paper 752. [Working Paper]

Robertson, D., Andersson, Y. & Lunn, P. (2022). Assessing the Impact of Nutri-Score Labelling and Product Availability on Consumer Choice. ESRI Working Paper 736. [Working Paper]

Barjaková, M. & Lunn, P. (2021). Perception, behaviour and communication in relation to rapid antigen detection tests – a narrative review of evidence, Dublin: Rapid Testing Expert Advisory Group [Working Paper]

Published Papers

Timmons, S. and P. Lunn (2023). Using information provision and interactive risk maps to motivate testing for radon. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 89. [Journal Article[Working Paper] [Research Bulletin] [Press Release] [OSF]

Andersson, Y., S. Timmons and P. Lunn (2022). Youth Knowledge and Perceptions of Climate Mitigation. ESRI Research Series No. 153, Dublin: ESRI, [Press Release] [Report Link]

Timmons, S. and Lunn, P.D. (2022). Public understanding of climate change and support for mitigation. ESRI Research Series No. 135. [Press Release][Report Link]

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Green and Simple: Disclosures on eco-labels interact with situational constraints in consumer choice. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43(4), 699-722. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin]

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Timmons, S. & Lunn, P. D. (2020). Experimental evidence for the effects of emissions charges and efficiency information on consumer car choices. Journal of Cleaner Production. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [OSF]

Lunn, P., Lyons, S., & Murphy, M. (2020). Predicting farms' noncompliance with regulations on nitrate pollution. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. [Journal Article] [Working Paper] [Research Bulletin]

Working Papers

Timmons, S., Whelan, A. & Kelly, C. (2023). An experimental test of a greenwashing inoculation intervention: Effects on identification, trust and intentions. ESRI Working Paper 760, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

Timmons, S. & Lunn, P. D. (2023). Behaviourally-informed household communications increase uptake of radon tests in a randomised controlled trial. ESRI Working Paper 758, Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper]

Andersson, Y., McGowan, F., Timmons, S., & Lunn, P. (2023). Status Quo Bias impedes active travel policy by changing the process of opinion formation. ESRI Working Paper 755, Dublin: ESRI [Working Paper]

Timmons, S., Andersson, Y., McGowan, F., & Lunn, P. (2023). Using behavioural science to design and implement active travel infrastructure: A narrative review of evidence. ESRI Working Paper 745, Dublin: ESRI [Working Paper]

Poluektova, O., Julienne, H., Robertson, D., Braiden, A. K., & Lunn, P. (2022). Primacy effects in the formation of opinions on an unfamiliar environmental topic: Experimental evidence from mineral exploration and mining. ESRI Working Paper 741, Dublin: ESRI [Working Paper]

Timmons, S., Andersson, Y. & Lunn, P. (2022). Framing climate change as a generational issue: Experimental effects on youth worry, motivation and belief in collective action, ESRI Working Paper 731. Dublin: ESRI. [Working Paper

Barjaková, M., Belton, C. A., Purcell, K., & Lunn, P. D. (2021). Efficient ways of communicating time-of-use electricity tariffs in Ireland: Plain and simple.  ESRI Working Paper 704, Dublin: Ireland. [Working Paper] [OSF]

Published Papers

Lunn, P.D. (2019) Nudger beware: Diagnosis precedes remedy. Journal of Behavioural Economics for Policy, 3, Special Issue, 23-26. [Journal Article (open access)]

Lunn, P., Bohacek, M., McGowan, F., & Ní Choisdealbha, A. (2019). The surplus identification task and limits to multi-attribute consumer choice. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. [Journal Article] [Downloadable Version] [Working Paper]

Lunn, P. D., & Ní Choisdealbha, Á. (2018). The case for laboratory experiments in behavioural public policy. Behavioural Public Policy2(1), 22-40. [Journal Article (open access)]

Lunn, P., & Robertson, D. (2018). Using behavioural experiments to pre-test policy. Budget Perspectives 2019. [ESRI Report] [Press Release]

Lunn, P. D. (2015). Are consumer decision-making phenomena a fourth market failure? Journal of Consumer Policy38(3), 315-330. [Journal Article[Downloadable Version] [Working Paper]

Lunn, P. D. (2014). Regulatory policy and behavioural economics. OECD publishing. [OECD Report]

Lunn, P. D. (2013). Researchers Imply, Policymakers Infer: the Relationship Between Evidence and Policy. Journal of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland42. [Journal Article]

Lunn, P. D. (2012). Behavioural economics and policymaking: Learning from the early adopters. The Economic and Social Review43(3), 423-449. [Journal Article] [Working Paper]

Working Papers

Lunn, P. D., & Somerville, J. J. (2015). Surplus identification with non-linear returns. ESRI Working Paper 522. [Working Paper]

Lunn, P., & Lunn, M. (2014). What can I get for it? The relationship between the choice equivalent, willingness to accept and willingness to pay. ESRI Working Paper 479. [Working Paper]