Do people really want to be nudged towards healthy lifestyles?

Sugden, Robert (2017) Do people really want to be nudged towards healthy lifestyles? International Review of Economics, 64 (2). 113–123. ISSN 1865-1704

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This paper assesses Thaler and Sunstein’s claim that policies that nudge individuals towards healthy lifestyles promote the welfare of those individuals, as judged by themselves. I argue that Thaler and Sunstein switch between two different interpretations of that clause. One interpretation gives the clause a wide range of applicability, but drains it of its content as a repudiation of paternalism. The other interpretation makes it more meaningful to say that people want to make the choices they are being nudged towards, but applies to a much narrower range of cases than Thaler and Sunstein have in mind.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: nudges,health,paternalism,self-control
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:51
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:31
DOI: 10.1007/s12232-016-0264-1

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