Can Behavioral Science Help in Flint? A week after Donald Trump’s election, a thirty-year-old cognitive scientist named Maya Shankar purchased a plane ticket to Flint, Michigan. Shankar held one of the more unorthodox jobs in the Obama White House, running … Continue reading Nudge for good
White House releases report on applying behavioral science to government policy The White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), a subgroup of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that has been working to make government more effective, recently … Continue reading Obama’s behavioral policies
What Obama has meant for food The Season 8 première of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” begins just like all of the show’s episodes do: with its amiably gruff host taking in the splendors of some lesser-travelled corner of the globe. … Continue reading Obama and Bourdain on food
Nudging Works. Now, Do More With It Last Wednesday was a historic day for behavioral science. The White House released the annual report of its Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. The U.K.’s Behavioural Insights Team released its own annual report … Continue reading Policies for complying with the law
Yes, I’d lie to you When Donald Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, claimed recently that President Barack Obama “is the founder” of Islamic State and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, the “co-founder”, even some of his supporters were perplexed. Surely … Continue reading The era of post-truth politics
A Nudge for Coverage: Last-Mile Problems for Health Insurance On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of the primary objectives of the ACA was to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. And … Continue reading Lessons from Obama’s policy
The Limits Of Obama’s Favorite Economic Theory Economic theories don’t usually get their own executive orders. But last summer, President Barack Obama changed that. In September, the president issued an order, titled “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the … Continue reading Nudging really enough?