Time for behavioral political economy? An analysis of articles in behavioral economics

  title={Time for behavioral political economy? An analysis of articles in behavioral economics},
  author={Niclas Berggren},
  journal={The Review of Austrian Economics},
  • Niclas Berggren
  • Published 19 May 2011
  • Economics
  • The Review of Austrian Economics
This study analyzes leading research in behavioral economics to see whether it contains advocacy of paternalism and whether it addresses the potential cognitive limitations and biases of the policymakers who are going to implement paternalist policies. The findings reveal that 20.7% of the studied articles in behavioral economics propose paternalist policy action and that 95.5% of these do not contain any analysis of the cognitive ability of policymakers. This suggests that behavioral political… 
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