"Nudging" and experimental policy evaluation

11-13 October 2018 | Executive seminar

Recognising that human behaviour systematically deviates from the notion of a rational, selfish homo oeconomicus opens the door for alternative approaches to policymaking: ‘Nudging’.

Nudges – small and cost-effective interventions that build on behavioural science rather than mainstream economics – have quickly entered the toolbox of modern policymakers and public managers. Most visibly this is reflected in the emergence of numerous ‘nudge units’, institutions that design and test policies using randomised control trials (RCTs).

This course introduces students to nudging and its behavioural economic foundations. Covering a vast set of examples, we discuss how minor changes in the choice architecture can have a massive impact on policy-relevant decisions.

In addition, the course familiarises participants with experimental policy evaluation methods (RCTs), which are closely related to the rise of nudging. Gaining detailed insights into a crucial pillar of evidence-based policymaking, students will learn to distinguish informative from misguiding evidence.

This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme. 

It can also be completed as part of the

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