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Nudging as a new 'soft' tool in environmental policy. An analysis based on insights from cognitive and social psychology

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  • Gabriela Michalek

    (European University Viadrina)

  • Georg Meran

    (Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Umweltökonomie und Wirtschaftspolitik)

  • Reimund Schwarze

    (Europa University Viadrina and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ))

  • Özgür Yildiz

    (Technische Universität Berlin Fakultät VII - Wirtschaft und Management Fachgebiet Umweltökonomie und Wirtschaftspolitik Sekretariat H 50, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin)

Abstract

The idea of nudging has become increasingly popular in both academic and political circles. There are, however, many different interpretations of the term ‘nudge’ which blurs its scope. In this paper we focus on the conceptualization of nudges and its functionality in reference to the Dual Process models. Further, we discuss the potential applications of nudging in the field of environmental policy as an important extension of the current policy framework. In particular, we identify areas where nudges could be most effective. We also consider different combinations of nudges with other policy instruments. Our theoretical discussion is illustrated by a couple of examples concerning practical implementation of nudging.

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  • Gabriela Michalek & Georg Meran & Reimund Schwarze & Özgür Yildiz, 2015. "Nudging as a new 'soft' tool in environmental policy. An analysis based on insights from cognitive and social psychology," Discussion Paper Series RECAP15 21, RECAP15, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder).
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