Nudges and Nudging: Past, Present, and Future

When:
15 January 2019 from 17:00 to 18:30 hrs
Where:
Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam
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A talk by Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School. Are nudges manipulative? Do citizens approve of them? Are they ethical? Do they work? The answers tell us a great deal about how nudging might be used in the future to help solve the world’s biggest problems.

Since 2008, there has been growing interest in ‘nudges’, understood as approaches that preserve freedom of choice but that steer people in positive directions. Nudges have been used to combat climate change, to reduce poverty, to promote democracy, to lower the number of motorway fatalities, and to combat gender discrimination. But the growing worldwide interest in nudging raises a host of new questions. Are nudges manipulative? Do citizens approve of them? Are they ethical? Do they work? The answers tell us a great deal about how nudging might be used in the future to help solve the world’s biggest problems. 

The talk and follow-up discussion will be in English.

Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Cass Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.