Should Governments Invest More in Nudging?

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Title: Should Governments Invest More in Nudging?
Author: Benartzi, Shlomo; Beshears, John; Milkman, Katherine L.; Sunstein, Cass R.; Thaler, Richard H.; Shankar, Maya; Tucker-Ray, Will; Congdon, William J.; Galing, Steven

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Citation: Benartzi, Shlomo, John Beshears, Katherine L. Milkman, Cass R. Sunstein, Richard H. Thaler, Maya Shankar, Will Tucker-Ray, William J. Congdon, and Steven Galing. 2017. “Should Governments Invest More in Nudging?” Psychological Science 28 (8): 1041-1055. doi:10.1177/0956797617702501. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797617702501.
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Abstract: Governments are increasingly adopting behavioral science techniques for changing individual behavior in pursuit of policy objectives. The types of “nudge” interventions that governments are now adopting alter people’s decisions without coercion or significant changes to economic incentives. We calculated ratios of impact to cost for nudge interventions and for traditional policy tools, such as tax incentives and other financial inducements, and we found that nudge interventions often compare favorably with traditional interventions. We conclude that nudging is a valuable approach that should be used more often in conjunction with traditional policies, but more calculations are needed to determine the relative effectiveness of nudging.
Published Version: doi:10.1177/0956797617702501
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5549818/pdf/
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