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Psychologists, Behavioral Science Can Help Guide Policy – Economic View

July 8, 2012|Uncategorized

An interesting article in the NY Times shows how psychologists and behavioral health experts have had an important role in decision making for governments.

They have improved the way some policies and rules have been put in to action.

Excerpt and link to article below.

AS a general rule, the United States government is run by lawyers who occasionally take advice from economists. Others interested in helping the lawyers out need not apply.

Of course, there are some exceptions. The government employs scientists of many varieties in technical capacities, from estimating the environmental toxicity of a chemical to the structural soundness of a bridge. But when it comes to forming policies, these scientists and, especially, behavioral scientists are rarely at the table with the lawyers and the economists.

Economists teach us that monopolies are harmful, and this is no exception. Are they really the only social scientists with anything useful to contribute to the efficient running of a government? Imagine that along with the Council of Economic Advisers, a Council of Behavioral Scientist Advisers also provided counsel to the president. What might emerge from such a group?

via Behavioral Science Can Help Guide Policy – Economic View – NYTimes.com.

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