Time for Behavioral Political Economy? An Analysis of Articles in Behavioral Economics
22 Pages Posted: 20 May 2011
Date Written: May 19, 2011
This study analyzes leading research in behavioral economics to see whether it contains advocacy of paternalism and whether it addresses the potential cognitive limitations and biases of the policymakers who are going to implement paternalist policies. The findings reveal that 20.7% of the studied articles in behavioral economics propose paternalist policy action and that 95.5% of these do not contain any analysis of the cognitive ability of policymakers. This suggests that behavioral political economy, in which the analytical tools of behavioral economics are applied to political decision-makers as well, would offer a useful extension of the research program.
Keywords: Behavioral economics, Anomalies, Rationality, Homo economicus, Public choice
JEL Classification: D03, D78
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