Behavioral InsightsConPolicy contributes to the discourse on the subject of nudging

In 2017, Richard Thaler, one of the two co-authors of the bestseller "Nudge", received the Nobel Prize in Economics. The debate about possible applications but also the limits of nudging has not only been in full swing since then. ConPolicy participates in this debate through research projects, behavioral insights consulting and expert lectures – most recently in the context of three events:

  • On June 14th, ConPolicy project manager Dr. Max Vetter informed about the possibilities of initiating sustainable behavior with the help of behavioral insights at the annual congress of the Energy Agency Rhineland-Palatinate. 
  • The discussion "Nudging or manipulation?" at the symposium of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on June 20th focused on the pros and cons of this approach. Dr. Max Vetter discussed these and the potential of nudges for social transformations and development cooperation with a member of the team “wirksam regieren" from the German Federal Chancellery and GIZ employees. 
  • Lately, ConPolicy managing director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun was on the podium at the "Tagesspiegel Trend Breakfast" on July 4th to address the question "How free is our will?”. Other discussants were Clemens Schneider (Prometheus – Das Freiheitsinstitut) and Dr. Markus Weinmann (University of Liechtenstein).

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