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Psychology, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy

On Amir (), Dan Ariely, Alan Cooke, David Dunning, Nicholas Epley, Uri Gneezy, Botond Koszegi, Donald Lichtenstein, Nina Mazar, Sendhil Mullainathan (), Drazen Prelec, Eldar Shafir and Jose Silva

Marketing Letters, 2005, vol. 16, issue 3, 443-454

Abstract: Economics has typically been the social science of choice to inform public policy and policymakers. In the current paper we contemplate the role behavioral science can play in enlightening policymakers. In particular, we provide some examples of research that has and can be used to inform policy, reflect on the kind of behavioral science that is important for policy, and approaches for convincing policy-makers to listen to behavioral scientists. We suggest that policymakers are unlikely to invest the time translating behavioral research into its policy implications, and researchers interested in influencing public policy must therefore invest substantial effort, and direct that effort differently than in standard research practices. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Keywords: public policy; psychology; behavioral economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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