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Soft Paternalism and Nudging - Critique of the Behavioral Foundations

Markus Pasche ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This brief note rises doubts on the argument that nudging will help people to behave more rational in terms of their own preferences. This justification of soft paternalism overlooks some methodological problems of expected utility theory which are one of the roots of behavioral economics.

Keywords: soft paternalism; nudging; behavioral economics, utility theory, rationality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B4 D03 D04 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-12-20
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-hme, nep-hpe and nep-upt
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