Tag Archives: Behavioral Economics

The GovLab Selected Readings on Behavioral Economics: Nudges

As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In this edition, we explore the literature on Behavioral Science. To suggest additional […]

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Re-designing our global systems to mitigate network risks

Dirk Helbing is a Professor of Sociology at ETH Zurich specializing in modeling complex systems, leveraging the availability of big data. He is best known for his “social force model” in which pedestrians are described and analyzed as “social forces” that self-organize themselves.  In the latest issue of Nature, Prof Helbing expands his model to […]

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Keep it simple

As contemporary society gets more complex, several actors are trying to re-establish a certain simplicity that allows for clarity and control. For instance, John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, wrote a few years ago the “Laws of Simplicity” reflecting on ways to pair down to basics.. Two new books  (to be […]

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The Future of Governance

Cass R. Sunstein, President Obama’s “regulatory czar” who oversaw the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for three years, is about to release his new book “Simpler: The Future of Government” that documents lessons learned in applying behavioral economic principles to governing.  In a preview (below) Prof. Sunstein, now at Harvard, reflects on the […]

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Governing through other means: behavioral economics and choice architecture

Cass Sunstein’s essay in the New York Review of Books about Sarah Conly’s new book  “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism” has generated a wide public debate on the pros and cons of behavioral economics, choice architecture and so-called expert or liberal paternalism. In the meantime, several new papers have been published this month that deepen our […]

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Changing the way we solve public problems by changing the way we finance

In  a new paper published in the academic journal Business Economics, Yale economist Robert J. Shiller (and author of the book on Finance and the Good Society) develops further his argument that society needs financial innovation where investment is aligned with societal goals.  In “Finance Contributing to the Good Society,”  Shiller explains his new finance […]

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