Samir’s Selection 12/09/2013 (p.m.)

  • One group of engineers, who wrote about how it felt to lose their jobs, were twice as likely to find work as the ones who didn’t…

    At the core of nudging is the belief that people do not always act in their own self-interest. We can be undone by anxiety and swayed by our desire to fit in. We have biases and habits, and we can be lazy: Faced with a choice, we are more likely than not to go with a default option, be that a mobile ringtone or a pension plan…

    Simply asking people to make a detailed plan — in essence, a commitment — in a get-out-the-vote script more than doubles the script’s impact, said Todd Rogers, assistant professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, who conducted an experiment with hundreds of thousands of participants in the run-up to the 2008 United States presidential election. Plan-making helps people make time for concrete actions, Mr. Rogers said, and helps people overcome specific, expected obstacles…

    tags: nudge behaviouraleconomics psychology CassSunstein DavidCameron publicpolicy policy DavidHalpern commitment

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