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The Choice Architecture of Choice Architecture: Toward a Non-Paternalistic Nudge Policy

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  • Davind Colander

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    (Middlebury College)

  • Andrew Qi Lin Chong

    (Middlebury College)

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The paper seeks to recast the goal of nudge policy from a goal of achieving a specific result determined by government or by behavioral economists to a goal of giving individuals as much power as is practical to decide the choice architecture they face. We call a nudge with such a giving individuals “power over choice mechanisms” goal a non-paternalistic nudge policy. The goal of nonpaternalistic nudge policy is not to achieve a better result as seen by government or by behavioral economists. The goal of non-paternalistic nudge policy is to achieve a better result as seen by the agents being nudged as revealed through their choices of choice architectures. We argue that non-paternalistic nudge policy fits much better with the values inherent in Classical liberalism than does libertarian paternalistic nudge policy.

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Article provided by National Technical University of Athens in its journal Journal of Economic Analysis.

Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 42-48

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Handle: RePEc:tua:journl:v:1:y:2010:i:1:p:42-48

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  1. Nudge nudge, wink wink
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2009-10-25 09:18:00

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