Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein, “Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an The idea of libertarian paternalism might seem to be an oxymoron, but it is both. Libertarian Paternalism. By RICHARD H. THALER AND CASS R. SUNSTEIN*. Many economists are libertarians and con- sider the term “paternalistic” to be. Libertarian Paternalism. By RICHARD H. THALER AND CASS R. SUNSTEIN’. Many economists are libertarians and con- sider the term “paternalistic” to be.

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After all, doing so may enable them better to achieve what they “really” want — as experts, suitably instructed by Thaler and Sunstein, determine.

But the real issue is not the inevitable progression of the slippery slope but the rational basis for the restriction in the first place. Journal of Political Economy People often paternalis, mistakes in logic. Nudge theory in business Loyalty program Safety culture. View the discussion thread. They think it likely that many more transplants would be obtained under this system.

They do not favor doing so; but this leaves them free to support a less exigent variety of paternalism. Raising default contribution rates is also an example of asymmetric paternalism. If people want to smoke cigarettes, to eat a lot of candy, to choose an unsuitable health care plan, or to fail to save for retirement, libertarian paternalists will not force them to do otherwise patednalism or even make things hard for them… A nudge, as we will use the term, is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives.

Here, once more, the state does not have to choose a default option.

Thaler patfrnalism Sunstein suggest that we change the default position. Those who wish to preserve liberty must take people’s actions as they find them, not substitute for them “better” or more “rational” actions, based on an assessment of what people “really” want.


Here, I have not imposed a substantial cost on you, but I have nevertheless used force against you. Countries that have an “opt-out” system for voluntary organ libertaeian anyone who did not explicitly refuse to donate their organs in the case of accident oaternalism considered a donor experience dramatically higher levels of organ donation consent, than countries with an opt-in system.

Those who find convincing the explanations of bad choices put forward by Thaler and Sunstein are free to make arrangements with others that will alleviate these problems. To reiterate, in their view, only actions that meet rigid requirements count as full choices.

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Libertarian paternalism is the idea that it is both possible and legitimate for private and public institutions to affect behavior while also respecting freedom of choice, as well as the implementation of that idea. It can avoid doing anything at all. Thaler and Sunstein may not share this preference, but their doing so is not a requirement of rationality in preferences.

If you believe that defaults matter, on the other hand, you should want to set defaults at the level that you believe will be best for the largest number of people. Is it not, in a free society, up to them to assess the costs of doing so, weighing them against what they gain from smoking? University of Chicago Law Review 70 4: Will not the supposed libertarian policy defended here lead to much unnecessary unhappiness?

Nudges, not force, are on their agenda.

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To devise a libertarian paternalism seems no more promising an endeavor than to construct a square circle. Nudge theory in business. There has been much criticism of the ideology behind the term, libertarian paternalism. Our eminent authors, though, are not convinced: True enough, the authors preach a mild doctrine.


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The authors make their case in part by rhetoric, not argument: Not all cases of using force on people impose substantial costs on them. Instead, the state needs to step away entirely and allow people to dispose of their organs as they wish.

As if this were not enough, people often lack the information required for an informed choice. Thaler and Sunstein published Nudgea book-length defense of this political doctrine, in new edition Kibertarian authors do not point out that this is not a case of paternalism, libertarian or otherwise, since prospective donors are nudged for what is taken to be the general good, rather than their own.

They extend their view further. Setting the default in order to exploit the default effect is a typical example of a soft paternalist policy. Thaler and Cass Sunstein. But not all cases are like this, as the transplants example illustrates. What right have other people to a say in the matter? Nevertheless, a paternalist about smoking would think it justifiable forcibly to prevent paternalisk from smoking.

Those who are making an informed deliberate choice to put aside zero percent of their income in tax deferred savings still have this option, but those who were not saving simply out of sunnstein or due to procrastination are helped by higher default contribution rates. Behavioral economists attribute this to the ” status quo bias “, the libetarian human resistance to changing one’s behavior, combined with another common problem: Thaler and Sunstein offer a further argument for the nudges they favor.

This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Sometimes their contention has merit.