Making Sense of the “Do Nudges Work?” Debate

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In the behavioural sciences, nudging is the process of manipulating people’s environments to influence their behaviour and decision-making. There’s a big debate surrounding it: does nudging actually work? Michael Hallsworth, who works for the Behavioural Insights Team, believes that the issue is too binary. While pro- and anti-nudgers recognise that nudging has a spectrum of effectiveness, many of them still boil the issue down to whether it works or not. Hallsworth thinks it would be more useful to look at the full range of effects of nudging. Read full article here

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