May 2022 Friday’s e-links: How a Nudge Makes a Difference

Starting our May 2022 e-links, this Katy Milkman podcast is a behavioral economics diversion that exposes the nudges that shape our decisions.

A Short Tax (Form) Story

Occupying billions of hours and dollars, tax preparation in the United States could be much simpler if we just copied Estonia.

The Difference that Nine Cents Can Make

Through a mega study involving more than 60,000 participants, behavioral economists identified the most effective exercise nudges.

The $50 That No One Wanted

While a brown M&M and an unread college course syllabus seem very different, they both provide a lesson about the need for default options.

The Tax That Made Us Healthier

By increasing cigarette taxes, states provided an example that extends beyond smoking of how a higher cost leads to healthier habits.

Why We Tip

Looking back and looking ahead at our tipping behavior, we can expect tips to remain a social norm that will increase.

The (Surprisingly) Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

If we really want to diminish our carbon footprint, we need to focus on behavior that is somewhat different from what we usually do.

How Governments Nudge Us

Whether it’s plastic straw use, energy conservation, or flu vaccinations, governments use nudges to influence our decisions.

The Contest That NYC Didn’t Want To Win

With other cities like London having successfully implemented a traffic congestion pricing plan, NYC has begun to figure out a proposal.

The Story of a Nudge and the Nobel Economics Prize

For his public policy nudges and his contributions to behavioral economics, Richard Thaler will get the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.