Palgrave Advances in Behavioral Economics

Nudge Theory in Action

Behavioral Design in Policy and Markets

Editors: Abdukadirov, Sherzod (Ed.)

  • Systematically challenges theory-based nudge policiesQuestions the libertarian paternalism of Nudge and Misbehaving
  • Examines how existing political incentives and regulatory institutions impact nudge policies
  • Includes four case studies of government and market nudges
  • Foreword by Tyler Cowen, creator of the popular blog Marginal Revolution 
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About this book

This collection challenges the popular but abstract concept of nudging, demonstrating the real-world application of behavioral economics in policy-making and technology. Groundbreaking and practical, it considers the existing political incentives and regulatory institutions that shape the environment in which behavioral policy-making occurs, as well as alternatives to government nudges already provided by the market. The contributions discuss the use of regulations and technology to help consumers overcome their behavioral biases and make better choices, considering the ethical questions of government and market nudges and the uncertainty inherent in designing effective nudges. Four case studies - on weight loss, energy efficiency, consumer finance, and health care - put the discussion of the efficiency of nudges into concrete, recognizable terms. A must-read for researchers studying the public policy applications of behavioral economics, this book will also appeal to practicing lawmakers and regulators.

About the authors

Sherzod Abdukadirov is Research Fellow in the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA. He specializes in the federal regulatory process, behavioral economics, and food and health policy.


Contributors

Jodi N. Beggs, Northeastern University, USA
Jessica Carges, George Mason University, USA
Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, USA
Robert Graboyes, George Mason University, USA
Brian F. Mannix, George Washington University, USA
Michael L. Marlow, California Polytechnic State University, USA
Sofie E. Miller, George Washington University, USA
Mario J. Rizzo, New York University, USA
Adam C. Smith, Johnson & Wales University, USA
Adam Thierer, George Mason University, USA
Stephen Wendel, Morningstar, Inc., USA
Mark D. White, College of Staten Island, CUNY, USA
Richard A. Williams, George Mason University, USA
Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University, USA

Reviews

“An illuminating, exceptionally valuable collection with diverse perspectives and — maybe best of all — plenty of evidence. Indispensable reading for those interested in the real world of behavioral science.” (Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard University, USA; coauthor of “Nudge”)

“With examples ranging from energy efficiency standards to consumer finance, this highly accessible volume provides an engaging tour through ways in which market mechanisms can play a constructive role in fostering sound decisions. Since identical consumer choices are seldom ideal for everyone, market operations that permit people to learn from their mistakes may be more welfare-enhancing than trying to prevent such mistakes through policies designed to make consumer product choices more rational.” (W. Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, Vanderbilt University, USA)

“Finally, a serious look at how government nudges would work in the real world.  A valuable guide for anyone interested in how behavioral economics interacts with public choice economics and market forces.” (Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Oklahoma State University, USA; author of “Unnaturally Delicious” and “The Food Police”) 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Regulation versus Technology as Tools of Behavior Change

    Abdukadirov, Sherzod

    Pages 1-11

  • Overview of Behavioral Economics and Policy

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 15-36

  • The Four Pillars of Behavioral Paternalism

    Rizzo, Mario J.

    Pages 37-63

  • Failing Better: What We Learn by Confronting Risk and Uncertainty

    Thierer, Adam

    Pages 65-94

  • Behavioral Nudges and Consumer Technology

    Wendel, Steve

    Pages 95-123

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-31319-1
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31318-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nudge Theory in Action
Book Subtitle
Behavioral Design in Policy and Markets
Editors
  • Sherzod Abdukadirov
Series Title
Palgrave Advances in Behavioral Economics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31319-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31319-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-31318-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 351
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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