Roundup #79: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

Here’s a sampling of what’s new in nudge and behavioural economics:

  • Sunstein’s top behavioural economics books of 2015 (here).
  • Good blog post (here) and associated article (here) on achieving persist behaviour change.
  • Australia creates behavioural insights unit (here).
  • Piece in the Atlantic titled “Why Nudges Hardly Help” (here).
  • Article by David Halpern on the role of psychology in policy (here).
  • Cass Sunstein’s companion piece of Halpern’s on what policy psychologists could do (here).
  • If exercise is fun, people don’t reward themselves with hedonic foods afterwards. But if exercise sucks, they reward themselves (here).
  • A series of studies on subliminal brand priming (here; $$).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.

Roundup #78: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

I’ve been madly writing the last few months so haven’t had much time to post – sorry. I guess I need to nudge myself harder!

Thought of the day – is subliminal advertising a nudge? Yes, but it’s not an ethical nudge and the reasons why can help us set up ethical boundaries for other nudges.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of what’s happening in nudge and behavioral economics:

  • Love it – nudging people to eat insects using their fear of missing out (here).
  • Short video on why doing nothing can be the smart move (in soccer) (here).
  • Neat paper on unit size and calorie consumption – smaller pizza slices or bigger ones? (here)
  • Another financial times article on nudging (here).
  • An interesting fight about the validity and use of psychological surveys (here).
  • Paper on how feeling like an expert can make you dogmatic (here; $$) (summary – here).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.

Roundup #77: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

Here’s what’s new in nudge and behavioral economics:

  • Lab study showing that people defer more important decisions (here).
  • Conflicts between intuitive and reflective systems lengthen decision times (here; $$).
  • Surprising study showing no endowment effect when dealing with second-hand goods (here).
  • Nudging beer consumption in British pubs (here).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.

Roundup #75: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

Here’s what’s new in nudge and behavioral economics:

  • Nudges in exercise commitment contracts (here).
  • Hansen defining nudging and libertarian paternalism (here).
  • Paper on heuristics in financial decision-making comparing Kahneman and Gigerenzer’s respective approaches (here; $$).
  • No surprise here – smoking and lack of self-control are linked (here; $$).
  • Paper on present bias and self-control failures (here).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.

Roundup #74: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

Here’s what’s new in nudge and behavioral economics:

  • A successful nudge: re-positioning healthy vs. unhealthy food (here; $$).
  • Special edition of the Journal of Business Research on “Positive Marketing” (here; $$).
  • Math-intensive paper on the different models of bounded rationality (here).
  • Overview article on heuristics (here; $$).
  • Preferences for diversity of choice (here).
  • General paper on policy-making to change behavior (here; $$).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.

Roundup #73: Top Stories in Behavioral Economics & Nudge

Here’s what’s new in nudge and behavioral economics this week:

  • Adam Oliver’s review of Richard Thaler’s new book: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics” (here).
  • How calorie labeling works through the mere-reminder effect (here).
  • Insightful article on people’s attitudes towards nudging (here).
  • Paper arguing for raising the default savings rates in 401(k) plans (here).
  • Providing goals and social comparison increased exercise (here; $$).

Let me know if I missed anything or if any links are broken.