Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129284
Authors: 
Schubert, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 09-2016
Abstract: 
Environmental policies are increasingly informed by behavioral economics insights. 'Green nudges' in particular have been suggested as a promising new tool to encourage consumers to act in an environmentally responsible way, such as choosing renewable energy sources or saving energy. While there is an emerging literature on the instrumental effectiveness of behavioral policy tools such as these, their ethical assessment has largely been neglected. This paper attempts to fill this gap by, first, providing a structured overview of the most important contributions to the literature on pro-environmental nudges and, second, offering some critical guidelines that may help the practitioner come to an ethically informed assessment of nudges.
Subjects: 
Nudges
Libertarian Paternalism
Behavioral Economics
Green Defaults
Autonomy
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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