The future of behavioural tools in public policy

The future of behavioural tools in public policy


While there is increasing awareness and use of behaviourally informed approaches and tools in public policy, there is limited systematic evidence on developments across the world and across sectors. A chapter in an e-book about policy tools identifies the key challenges associated with the adoption of behavioural policy tools and assesses how far behavioural policy has engaged with these issues. Despite the rising prominence of behavioural policy instruments, there has been limited systematic evidence of the research agendas and activities around them. Out of the seven challenges, there were no studies exploring the spillovers, the long-term impact of behavioural interventions and the ethics of nudging. Concerns have also emerged about the relatively modest effects of behavioural policy tools when put into practice on the ground and their failure to scale up. If behavioural policy is to continue on its ascendant path, it will need to address this criticism while accepting that behavioural policy tools may not suffice as stand-alone policy instruments.

Read the research summary from this link.

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