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Why behavioural policy needs mechanistic evidence
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6727-8723
2016 (English)In: Economics and Philosophy, ISSN 0266-2671, E-ISSN 1474-0028, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 463-483Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Proponents of behavioural policies seek to justify them as evidence-based'. Yet they typically fail to show through which mechanisms these policies operate. This paper shows - at the hand of examples from economics and psychology - that without sufficient mechanistic evidence, one often cannot determine whether a given policy in its target environment will be effective, robust, persistent or welfare-improving. Because these properties are important for justification, policies that lack sufficient support from mechanistic evidence should not be called evidence-based'.

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Cambridge University Press, 2016. Vol. 32, no 3, p. 463-483
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Policy, Mechanisms, Nudge, Evidence, Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198964DOI: 10.1017/S0266267115000425ISI: 000386199100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947704269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-198964DiVA, id: diva2:1065594
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Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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