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The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy


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Foreword vii Daniel Kahneman List of Contributors xi Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 Eldar Shafir Part 1. Prejudice and Discrimination * Chapter 1. The Nature of Implicit Prejudice: Implications for Personal and Public Policy 13 * Curtis D. Hardin, Mahzarin R. Banaji* Chapter 2. Biases in Interracial Interactions: Implications for Social Policy 32 * J. Nicole Shelton, Jennifer A. Richeson, John F. Dovidio* Chapter 3. Policy Implications of Unexamined Discrimination: Gender Bias in Employment as a Case Study 52 * Susan T. Fiske, Linda H. Krieger Part 2. Social Interactions * Chapter 4. The Psychology of Cooperation: Implications for Public Policy 77 * Tom Tyler* Chapter 5. Rethinking Why People Vote: Voting as Dynamic Social Expression 91 * Todd Rogers, Craig R. Fox, Alan S. Gerber* Chapter 6. Perspectives on Disagreement and Dispute Resolution: Lessons from the Lab and the Real World 108 * Lee Ross* Chapter 7. Psychic Numbing and Mass Atrocity 126 * Paul Slovic, David Zionts, Andrew K. Woods, Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks Part 3. The Justice System * Chapter 8. Eyewitness Identification and the Legal System 145 * Nancy K. Steblay, Elizabeth F. Loftus* Chapter 9. False Convictions 163 * Phoebe Ellsworth, Sam Gross* Chapter 10. Behavioral Issues of Punishment, Retribution, and Deterrence 181 * John M. Darley, Adam L. Alter Part 4. Bias and Competence * Chapter 11. Claims and Denials of Bias and Their Implications for Policy 195 * Emily Pronin, Kathleen Schmidt* Chapter 12. Questions of Competence: The Duty to Inform and the Limits to Choice 217 * Baruch Fischhoff, Sara L. Eggers* Chapter 13. If Misfearing Is the Problem, Is Cost-Benefit Analysis the Solution? 231 * Cass R. Sunstein Part 5. Behavioral Economics and Finance * Chapter 14. Choice Architecture and Retirement Saving Plans 245 * Shlomo Benartzi, Ehud Peleg, Richard H. Thaler* Chapter 15. Behavioral Economics Analysis of Employment Law 264 * Christine Jolls* Chapter 16. Decision Making and Policy in Contexts of Poverty 281 * Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir Part 6. Behavior Change * Chapter 17. Psychological Levers of Behavior Change 301 * Dale T. Miller, Deborah A. Prentice* Chapter 18. Turning Mindless Eating into Healthy Eating 310 * Brian Wansink* Chapter 19. A Social Psychological Approach to Educational Intervention 329 * Julio Garcia, Geoffrey L. Cohen Part 7. Improving Decisions * Chapter 20. Beyond Comprehension: Figuring Out Whether Decision Aids Improve People's Decisions 351 * Peter Ubel* Chapter 21. Using Decision Errors to Help People Help Themselves 361 * George Loewenstein, Leslie John, Kevin G. Volpp* Chapter 22. Doing the Right Thing Willingly: Using the Insights of Behavioral Decision Research for Better Environmental Decisions 380 * Elke U. Weber* Chapter 23. Overcoming Decision Biases to Reduce Losses from Natural Catastrophes 398 * Howard Kunreuther, Robert Meyer, Erwann Michel-Kerjan Part 8. Decision Contexts * Chapter 24. Decisions by Default 417 * Eric J. Johnson, Daniel G. Goldstein* Chapter 25. Choice Architecture 428 * Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein, John P. Balz* Chapter 26. Behaviorally Informed Regulation 440 * Michael S. Barr, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir Part 9. Commentaries * Chapter 27. Psychology and Economic Policy 465 * William J. Congdon* Chapter 28. Behavioral Decision Science Applied to Health-Care Policy 475 * Donald A. Redelmeier* Chapter 29. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Debiasing the Policy Makers Themselves 481 * Paul Brest* Chapter 30. Paternalism, Manipulation, Freedom, and the Good 494 * Judith Lichtenberg Index 499

About the Author

Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


"[Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy] is a master compendium of what we know."--David Brooks, New York Times

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