Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy - Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society (Paperback)Mario J. Rizzo (author), Glen Whitman (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 506
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 228 x 157 x 27 mm
'Mario J. Rizzo and Glen Whitman have written an incisive yet accessible critique of the dominant strain of behavioral economics associated with Daniel Kahneman, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Rizzo and Whitman are wise enough to know that human beings, with quirks and practices, are 'people, not puppets'. Yet they show how classical liberal principles of governance do far better in organizing social arrangements than the various forms of soft paternalism now in vogue with so many behavioral economists.' Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University
'Mario J. Rizzo and Glen Whitman present a powerful and well-documented critique of behavioural economists' justifications of paternalism. They argue convincingly that these justifications illegitimately presuppose that rational-choice theory is a normative standard. Inspired by the psychology of Gerd Gigerenzer, they offer a more pragmatic and 'ecological' understanding of human rationality.' Robert Sugden, University of East Anglia
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