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Time for behavioral political economy? An analysis of articles in behavioral economics

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  • Berggren, Niclas

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    (The Ratio Institute)

Abstract

This study analyzes leading research in behavioral economics to see whether it contains advocacy of paternalism and whether it addresses the potential cognitive limitations and biases of the policymakers who are going to implement paternalist policies. The findings reveal that 20.7% of the studied articles in behavioral economics propose paternalist policy action and that 95.5% of these do not contain any analysis of the cognitive ability of policymakers. This suggests that behavioral political economy, in which the analytical tools of behavioral economics are applied to political decision-makers as well, would offer a useful extension of the research program.

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Paper provided by The Ratio Institute in its series Ratio Working Papers with number 166.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 19 May 2011
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Berggren, Niclas, 'Time for behavioral political economy? An analysis of articles in behavioral economics' in Review of Austrian Economics, 2011.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0166

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Keywords: Behavioral economics; Anomalies; Rationality; Homo economicus; Public choice;

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  1. Behavioural blackboards
    by Eric Crampton in Offsetting Behaviour on 2012-02-27 18:00:00
  2. Paternalism - for children, and for the lower orders
    by Eric Crampton in Offsetting Behaviour on 2012-06-05 00:00:00
  3. Behavioural politics
    by jamesz in TVHE on 2012-07-30 00:36:02
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  3. Libman, Alexander, 2012. "Перераспределительные Конфликты И Факторы Культуры В Новой Политической Экономии
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  4. Shastitko, A., 2011. "Errors of I and II Types in Economic Exchanges with Third Party Enforcement," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, issue 10, pages 125-148.

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