2014 Petrie-Flom Annual Conference: Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy
Friday, May 02, 2014 - May 3, 2014 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein's book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness brought behavioral economics to the masses, beginning a discussion of libertarian paternalism and the many ways that "choice architects" can help nudge people to make better choices for themselves without forcing certain outcomes on anyone. Some of their examples fall in the realm of health policy, as is also the case of Daniel Kahneman's recent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, which examines various cognitive errors people make in their judgments, choices, and conclusions, as well as how we might correct them. But the conversation has only just begun.
Building on the success of the behavioral economics movement, this conference (and possibly an edited volume) will further develop the scholarly discussion by focusing on key issues in health law policy, bioethics, and biotechnology.