Found 65 article(s) for author 'Cass Sunstein'

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism. Cass Sunstein, March 25, 2014, Book. “Based on a series of pathbreaking lectures given at Yale University in 2012, this powerful, thought-provoking work by national best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein combines legal theory with behavioral economics to make a fresh argument about the legitimate scope of government, bearing on obesity, smoking, distracted driving, health care, food safety, and other highly volatile, high-profile public issues. Behavioral economists have established that people often make decisions that run counter to their best…” (May require user account or purchase) Link

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Nudges Vs. Shoves

Nudges Vs. Shoves. Cass Sunstein, February 1, 2014, Paper. “Behavioral findings, demonstrating human errors, have led some people to favor choice-preserving responses (‘nudges’), and others to favor mandates and bans. If people’s choices lead them to err, it might seem puzzling, or even odd, to respond with solutions that insist on preserving freedom of choice. But mandates have serious problems of their own, even in the face of behavioral market failures. Mandates might not be able to handle heterogeneity; they might reflect limited knowledge on the part of public officials or the interests of powerful private groups…” Link

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The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions

The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions. Cass Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule, February 1, 2014, Paper. “Administrative agencies frequently say ‘not now.’ They defer decisions about rulemaking or adjudication, or decide not to decide, potentially jeopardizing public health, national security, or other important goals. Such decisions are often made as a result of general Administration policy, may be highly controversial, and are at least potentially subject to legal challenge. When is it lawful for agencies to defer decisions? A substantial degree of agency autonomy is guaranteed by a recognition of resource constraints, which require agencies to set priorities, often with reference to their independent assessments of the relative importance of legislative policies …” Link

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Why Economic Mobility Is Stuck in Neutral

Why Economic Mobility Is Stuck in Neutral. Cass Sunstein, January 28, 2014, Opinion. “We are seeing an outpouring of new empirical work on inequality, led by the economists Raj Chetty of Harvard University and Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley. The findings in their two latest papers, written with several co-authors, are casting a fresh light on contemporary political debates…” Link

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New War on Poverty Needs Correct Facts

New War on Poverty Needs Correct Facts. Cass Sunstein, January 9, 2014, Opinion. “The War on Poverty is now 50 years old. Has it failed? The answer varies, depending on whether we use the government’s official poverty measure or its much newer, and far more informative, one…” Link

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Regulatory Review for the States

Regulatory Review for the States, Edward Glaeser, Cass Sunstein, 2014, Paper, “Dudley Square is Boston’s busiest bus stop, with 30,000 passengers passing through daily. Eighty thousand people live within a mile of the stop. Yet the area is an entertainment vacuum, with almost no restaurants, clubs, or coffee houses. The lack of local businesses is not just an inconvenience to local residents; it represents a dearth of service-sector jobs that are badly needed in the neighborhood. When local leaders are asked why businesses are not taking advantage of Dudley Square’s constant flow of potential customers, nearly all of them…” Link

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Behaviorally Green: Why, Which and When Defaults Can Help

Behaviorally Green: Why, Which and When Defaults Can Help. Cass Sunstein, Paper. “Careful attention to ‘choice architecture’ promises to open up new possibilities for environmental protection—possibilities that may be more effective than the standard tools of economic incentives, mandates, and bans. How, for example, do consumers choose between environmentally friendly products or services and alternatives that are potentially damaging to the environment but less expensive? The answer may well depend on the default rule. Indeed, green default rules may be a more effective tool for altering outcomes than large economic incentives…Link

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How Did the 1 Percent Get Ahead So Fast?

How Did the 1 Percent Get Ahead So Fast? Cass Sunstein, December 10, 2013, Opinion. “From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. experienced a significant economic recovery, in which average real income growth jumped by 6 percent. That’s the good news. The bad news is that almost all of that increase — 95 percent – – was enjoyed by those in the top 1 percent of the income distribution…” Link

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Automatically Green: Behavioral Economics and Environmental Protection

Automatically Green: Behavioral Economics and Environmental Protection. Cass Sunstein, September 19, 2013, Paper. “Careful attention to choice architecture promises to open up new possibilities for environmental protection – possibilities that go well beyond, and that may be more effective than, the standard tools of economic incentives, mandates, and bans. How, for example, do consumers choose between environmentally-friendly products or services and alternatives that are potentially damaging to the environment but less expensive? The answer may well depend on the default rule. Indeed, green default rules may well be a more effective tool for altering outcomes than large economic incentives. The underlying reasons include the power of suggestion; inertia and procrastination; and loss aversion …” Link

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