Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 293 pages

A New York Times†bestseller with more than 1.5 million copies sold

Named a Best Book of the Year by the†Economist†and the†Financial Times

“An essential read . . . loaded with good ideas that financial-service executives, policy makers, Wall Street mavens, and all savers can use.”—John F. Wasik, Boston Globe

“Save the planet, save yourself. Do-gooders, policymakers, this one's for you.”—Newsweek

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nobel laureate Richard Thaler and legal scholar and bestselling author Cass Sunstein explain in this important exploration of choice architecture that, being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

In Nudge, Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful “choice architecture” can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take—from neither the left nor the right—on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative books to come along in many years.

 

Contents

HEALTH
2
HUMANS AND ECONS
6
Biases and Blunders
17
Resisting Temptation
40
Following the Herd
53
When Do We Need a Nudge?
72
Choice Architecture
81
MONEY
93
Smorgasbord Style
145
Part D for Daunting
159
How to Increase Organ Donations
175
Saving the Planet
183
Improving School Choices
199
Should Patients Be Forced to Buy Lottery Tickets?
207
Privatizing Marriage
215
PART V
227

Save More Tomorrow
103
NaÔve Investing
118
Credit Markets
132
Objections
236
The Real Third Way
252
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Richard H. Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.†His latest book is Misbehaving:†The Making of Behavioral Economics. Cass R. Sunstein†is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and most recently the author of Impeachment:†A Citizen’s Guide.

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