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Support for behavioral nudges versus alternative policy instruments and their perceived fairness and efficacy

John, Peter, Martin, Aaron and Mikołajczak, Gosia (2022) Support for behavioral nudges versus alternative policy instruments and their perceived fairness and efficacy. Regulation and Governance. ISSN 1748-5983

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Identification Number: 10.1111/rego.12460

Abstract

An extensive debate has emerged in recent years about the relative merits of behavioral policy instruments (nudges) aimed at changing individual behavior without coercion. In this article, we examine public support for non-deliberative nudges and deliberative nudges and compare them to attitudes toward top-down regulation and free choice/libertarian options. We also examine whether support for both types of nudges is associated with perceptions of fairness and efficacy. We test these expectations with a survey experiment with 1706 UK adult respondents (representative of the population on age, gender, and location) in two policy areas (retirement savings and carbon offsets for airline passengers). We find higher levels of public support for both nudge policy options compared to top-down regulation. Support for nudges is associated with the perceived fairness of nudges more than their efficacy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17485991
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2022 15:06
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 09:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114460

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