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Nudges, shoves and budges: behavioural economic policy frameworks

Oliver, Adam (2017) Nudges, shoves and budges: behavioural economic policy frameworks. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33 (1). pp. 272-275. ISSN 0749-6753

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Identification Number: 10.1002/hpm.2419


Behavioural economics – the study of human decision making and how it sometimes deviates systematically from the assumptions of standard economic theory – has attracted a lot of attention in the health policy discourse over recent years. Many appear to believe that behavioural economic findings can be used only to help inform policies that manipulate the choices made by citizens; i.e. so-called nudge policy. However, these findings can be used to inform several different policy frameworks, from seemingly innocuous liberty-preserving changes to the contexts people operate in, to the outlawing of certain corporate behaviours. This article depicts diagrammatically, with the aid of a ‘behavioural policy cube’ and in relation to smoking cessation interventions, the conceptual parameters of several behavioural economic-informed policy frameworks, which could be easily extended to other areas of health, and indeed broader public, policy.

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Additional Information: © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:31

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