Tagged: nudge

The pure distillation - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 16, 2014

The funniest part of this anti-sugar piece from Lustig and his UCSF team? Here:Sugar, they argue, is far from just “empty calories” that make people fat. At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver – the least understood of sugar’s damages. Read More

Bathmophobia - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 31, 2013

Richard Thaler had a term for people with an irrational fear of slippery slopes: bathmophobes. He counted Glen Whitman among their ranks for warning that Thaler's "nudge" architecture could would up proving rather illiberal in practice. I worried, in my Mont Pelerin address, that by reducing the costs of paternalism, Nudge seemed more likely to expand the range … Read More