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The Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy studies a range of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics, law, and public policy. The issues include energy, health, obesity, highway safety, economic growth, finance, the environment (including climate change), savings, uses of social media, human rights, education, discrimination, and poverty. A particular emphasis is on behaviorally informed tools, such as default rules, norms, simplification, education, and warnings . There is continuing attention to the newest and best work in behavioral economics and its implications for public policy.


The following Harvard faculty are participating members in the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy.

Cass Sunstein

Iris Bohnet

David Laibson

Adrian Vermeule

Max Bazerman

Sendhil Mullainathan

Oren Bar-Gil

Algorithmic Harm in Consumer Markets
Oren Bar-Gill, Cass R. Sunstein & Inbal Talgam-Cohen
August 21, 2023

Decisions about Decisions: Practical Reason in Ordinary Life
Cass R. Sunstein
Harvard Law School
June 2023

Sludge: What Stops Us from Getting Things Done and What to Do about It
Cass R. Sunstein
Harvard Law School
September 6, 2022

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment
Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony & Cass R. Sunstein
May 31, 2022

Do Nudges Reduce Borrowing and Consumer Confusion in the Credit Card Market?
Paul Adams, Benedict Guttman-Kenney, Lucy Hayes, Stefan Hunt, David Laibson & Neil Stewart
May 3, 2022

Rethinking Nudge: An Information-Costs Theory of Default Rules
Oren Bar-Gill & Omri Ben-Shahar

Borrowing to Save? The Impact of Automatic Enrollment on Debt
John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, Brigitte C. Madrian & William L. Skimmyhorn
July 19, 2021

Hayekian Behavioral Economics
Cass R. Sunstein
Harvard Law School
March 19, 2021

The Power of Experiments: Decision Making in a Data-Driven World
Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman
Harvard Business School
March 2, 2021

Behavioral Welfare Economics
Cass R. Sunstein
Harvard Law School
June 1, 2020