Behavioural Insights and Regulatory Practice: A Review of the International Academic Literature

State of the Art in Regulatory Governance Research Paper – 2019.01. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington/Government Regulatory Practice Initiative.

35 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2019 Last revised: 25 Mar 2019

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Jeroen van der Heijden

Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government; Honorary Professor, School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Date Written: February 11, 2019

Abstract

This research report presents findings from a broad range of international academic literature on the use of insights from the behavioural sciences in regulatory practice — an approach to regulation colloquially known as ‘nudging’. The report is targeted at managers and frontline workers in regulatory organisations and units who are interested in this approach to regulation. The report addresses six themes: (1) the evolution of thinking about rational behaviour, (2) examples of the use of behavioural insights in regulation, (3) evidence of the workings of this approach, (4) experiments and randomised control trials to understand those workings, (5) ethical challenges, and (6) epistemic challenges.

Keywords: behavioural insights, regulation, nudging, behavioural sciences

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

van der Heijden, Jeroen, Behavioural Insights and Regulatory Practice: A Review of the International Academic Literature (February 11, 2019). State of the Art in Regulatory Governance Research Paper – 2019.01. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington/Government Regulatory Practice Initiative.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3332699

Jeroen Van der Heijden (Contact Author)

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Honorary Professor, School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

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