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Is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan evidence that governments need a new way to make decisions? REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Society’s biggest problems need more than a nudge

When it comes to many of the big decisions faced by governments and the private sector, behavioral science has more to offer than simple nudges.
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How to start nudging people to drink less alcohol

Excessive drinkers are more likely to seek help when their drinking habits are compared with their peers than when they are simply given the guidelines.
‘Nudge’ theory - a form of behavioural economics - encourages rather than coerces. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

‘Nudging’ people towards changing behaviour: what works and why (not)?

Earlier this week an impressive cast of academics, policy experts and business leaders gathered in Sydney at the inaugural Behavioural Exchange meeting to talk about “nudges”. Made famous by Richard Thaler…
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Why can’t we just behave? Free drinks and behavioural science

In recent years, books like Predictably Irrational, Nudge and Thinking Fast and Slow have catapulted the findings of behavioural science (think cognitive psychology and behavioural economics) into new-found…
Power of suggestion. Summer Kitchen

Nudge can make us healthier even if it’s a bit 1984

In George Orwell’s futuristic dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four, O’Brien, an apparatchik of the Thought Police come sadistic torturer, famously boasts to the book’s protagonist Winston Smith, “We create human…

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