Nudging for Liberty: Values in Libertarian Paternalism

25 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2008

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Michael S. McPherson

Macalester College

Matthew A. Smith

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August, 12 2008

Abstract

In their recent book, Nudge, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein argue persuasively that default rules, framing effects, etc., can be used to promote people's welfare. Through a range of empirical examples, we show that it is possible (and possibly preferable) to promote values other than welfare.

Keywords: libertarian paternalism, nudges, liberty, equality, welfare, values, policy

Suggested Citation

McPherson, Michael S. and Smith, Matthew A., Nudging for Liberty: Values in Libertarian Paternalism (August, 12 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1220323 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1220323

Michael S. McPherson

Macalester College ( email )

1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

Matthew A. Smith (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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