Behavioral Science is Clear: Work Requirements are Doomed to Fail Safety net programs help millions of Americans each year by providing basic needs like money, food, health care, and housing. These anti-poverty programs are crucial to the well-being of so … Continue reading Supporting poverty
Be Honest About the Cost of Renewable-Fuel Standards If you are concerned about climate change, you are likely enthusiastic about renewable fuels, such as solar and wind, and about laws that require their use. For example, the Green New Deal … Continue reading Good and bad guys
Ten years on: What’s next for behavioural insights It has been over 10 years since the influential book “Nudge” by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein was published, and now over 200 behavioural insights initiatives exist permanently in governments, regulators and … Continue reading The real humans we are
How to Overcome Clinicians’ Resistance to Nudges Discussions about how behavioral economics can make the world a better place — through energy conservation, greater employee wellness, increased personal savings — are often framed through the lens of decision makers trying … Continue reading Constructive framing
Work Requirements Are (Socially) Toxic Sludge Work requirements for anti-poverty programs don’t encourage work, as their proponents claim. Instead, the evidence indicates, these misguided policies make it harder for people to maintain or find employment. Their principal effect is stripping … Continue reading Work Requirements Don’t Work
The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World On a Saturday afternoon in early December, inside a soaring auditorium on the campus of Stockholm University, William Nordhaus gave the crowning lecture of his half-century career as … Continue reading Is any policy big enough?
Why a timely nudge might help us save money Anyone struggling to save money might take inspiration from labourers in rural India. These low-paid construction workers took part in an experiment. When they were paid, some of the cash was … Continue reading Saving can be hard