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The behavioral foundations of public policy

Author: Eldar Shafir
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
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In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in behavioral research on a wide variety of topics, from behavioral finance, labor contracts, philanthropy, and the analysis of savings and poverty, to eyewitness identification and sentencing decisions, racism, sexism, health behaviors, and voting. Research findings have often been strikingly counterintuitive, with serious implications for public policymaking. In  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eldar Shafir
ISBN: 9780691137568 0691137560
OCLC Number: 792880995
Description: xv, [4], 511 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Part 1. Prejudice and discrimination. The nature of implicit prejudice : implications for personal and public policy / Curtis D. Hardin, Mahzarin R. Banaji ; Biases in interracial interactions : implications for social policy / J. Nicole Shelton, Jennifer A. Richeson, John F. Dovidio ; Policy implications of unexamined discrimination : gender bias in employment as a case study / Susan T. Fiske, Linda H. Krieger --
Part 2. Social interactions. The psychology of cooperation : implications for public policy / Tom Tyler ; Rethinking why people vote : voting as dynamic social expression / Todd Rogers, Craig R. Fox, Alan S. Gerber ; Perspectives on disagreement and dispute resolution : lessons from the lab and the real world / Lee Ross ; Psychic numbing and mass atrocity / Paul Slovic [and others] --
Part 3. The justice system. Eyewitness identification and the legal system / Nancy K. Steblay, Elizabeth F. Loftus ; False convictions / Phoebe Ellsworth, Sam Gross ; Behavioral issues of punishment, retribution, and deterrence / John M. Darley, Adam L. Alter --
Part 4. Bias and competence. Claims and denials of bias and their implications for policy / Emily Pronin, Kathleen Schmidt ; Questions of competence : the duty to inform and the limits to choice / Baruch Fischhoff, Sara L. Eggers ; If misfearing is the problem, is cost-benefit analysis the solution? / Cass R. Sunstein --
Part 5. Behavioral economics and finance. Choice architecture and retirement saving plans / Shlomo Benartzi, Ehud Peleg, Richard H. Thaler ; Behavioral economics analysis of employment law / Christine Jolls ; Decision making and policy in contexts of poverty / Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir --
Part 6. Behavior change. Psychological levers of behavior change / Dale T. Miller, Deborah A. Prentice ; Turning mindless eating into healthy eating / Brian Wansink ; A social psychological approach to educational intervention / Julio Garcia, Geoffrey L. Cohen --
Part 7. Improving decisions. Beyond comprehension : figuring out whether decision aids improve people's decisions / Peter Ubel ; Using decision errors to help people help themselves / George Loewenstein, Leslie John, Kevin G. Volpp ; Doing the right thing willingly : using the insights of behavioral decision research for better environmental decisions / Elke U. Weber ; Overcoming decision biases to reduce losses from natural catastrophes / Howard Kunreuther, Robert Meyer, Erwann Michel-Kerjan --
Part 8. Decision contexts. Decisions by default / Eric J. Johnson, Daniel G. Goldstein ; Choice architecture / Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein, John P. Balz ; Behaviorally informed regulation / Michael S. Barr, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir --
Part 9. Commentaries. Psychology and economic policy / William J. Congdon ; Behavioral decision science applied to health-care policy / Donald A. Redelmeier ; Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Debiasing the policy makers themselves / Paul Brest ; Paternalism, manipulation, freedom and the good / Judith Lichtenberg.
Responsibility: edited by Eldar Shafir.

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