Mousavi, S. & R. KheirandishPolicy making with behavioral insight

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Shabnam Mousavi & Reza Kheirandish

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Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, pages 41-46

Design of governmental interventions in the recent years has been increasingly influenced by insights gained from behavioral sciences. The authors provide an overview of the recent report on such policy interventions designed by the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) of the White House and executed in collaboration with other government agencies in 2016 in eight target policy areas. Among these, the authors focus on SBST’s project on increasing efficiency in governmental organizations. They first discuss the notions that SBST has drawn on for generating its executed interventions: successful managerial traits and growth mindset. Then, the authors introduce the concept of error cultures that has not been used in this project. It is argue that adopting a positive error culture adds value to organizations and increases efficiency by reducing defensive decision-making.

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