Behaviorally Informed Policy: A Brisk Progress Report

42 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019

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Cass R. Sunstein

Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: September 29, 2019

Abstract

The goal of this essay is to offer a brisk progress report about behaviorally informed policy and law, while also providing some conceptual clarifications. It identifies a diverse range of initiatives, focusing largely on experience in the United States, that involve nudging and uses of behavioral science. It also explores prominent objections, coming both from those who believe that nudges are unduly aggressive, and should be avoided, and from those who believe that they are too weak and timid, and should be replaced or supplemented with mandates and bans.

Suggested Citation

Sunstein, Cass R., Behaviorally Informed Policy: A Brisk Progress Report (September 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3461781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3461781

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