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
The Best Films of 2016 (for Behavioral Economists) As everyone knows, the most coveted of the year-end movie awards are the Becons — the Behavioral Economics Oscars. It’s no surprise that winning the Becon has catapulted previously unknown talents — … Continue reading The Behavioral Economics Oscars
Everyone thinks you should read this I have coauthored a lot of academic essays, but finally, I’ve produced something that everyone absolutely loves. Wow. Just wow. In a recent paper, Harvard law fellow Meirav Furth-Matzkin and I explore this question: … Continue reading People are hardly sheep
The two friends who changed how we think about how we think In 2003, we reviewed “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’s book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s. The book, we noted, had become a sensation, despite focussing on what would … Continue reading The undoing project
Be Bites: Go On, Nudge Me – See If I Like It? Ask yourself this – do you mind being nudged? That is, having your choices and decisions shaped and steered so you make better ones by subtly altering your … Continue reading Do you support nudging?
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
Facebook’s New News Feed Isn’t Progress Facebook has a lot to learn from John Stuart Mill, one of history’s greatest thinkers about freedom and democracy. In 1834, Mill wrote, “It is hardly possible to overstate the value, in the present … Continue reading Why Facebook’s News Feed is bad