Behavioral and Experimental Economics Do Inform Public Policy
Experimental and behavioral economics are well-established branches of economic science. This essay presents and discusses some results and behavioral regularities from these fields, which are of potential and actual importance for public policy. After a brief introduction to what experimental and behavioral economics are, some important behavioral regularities - presentation and framing effects, prosocial behavior, and reciprocity - are introduced, and it is reported how they interact with prominent trading institutions, taxation, and social and individual well-being. Throughout, some implications for public policy are discussed.
Volume (Year): 66 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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