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Prompted Rationality


Robert Dur in podcast of De Correspondent

What tools do we have to change people’s behavior? Can we motivate people with extrinsic rewards and punishments, or is intrinsic motivation the only driver for long-term behavior? Robert Dur discusses these questions in a podcast of De Correspondent and argues that policymakers should be open for all opportunities to change behavior. Additionally, Dur states that if we want scientific research to guide policy-making, we should have a body of evidence in different contexts to see which instruments work best, and when instruments are applied, keep track of their long-term effects. Finally, the behavioral change technique nudging is explained and its applications in public policies (e.g. tax authorities and municipalities) is considered.

The podcast can be listened here.