Nudging, the sexy side of behavioral science

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Zaleucus, prince of the Locrians, an ancient tribe that inhabited Central Greece, could be counted as an early champion of behavioral science. According to the French essayist Michele de Montaigne, Zaleucus reduced excessive spending by letting people wear gold and jewelry only if they were publicly registered pimps and prostitutes. He also ordered that maids could only attend women who were drunk. It worked: Overnight, gold jewelry and large entourages virtually disappeared. This possibly apocryphal story is political sleight-of-hand at its finest, not because Zaleucus got what he wanted, but because he got what he wanted without making anyone feel like they had been forced to do anything. ….[READ]

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