The Downside of Financial Nudges

We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

The Morality of Monetary Motivation

In a perfect world, we would not need to reward anyone for taking their kid to the doctor. In the imperfect world we live in, such rewards are far better than the alternative.

Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement

As for those of us not in the healthcare reimbursement business, we should focus our energy on hugging people we care about. And minding our tweets.

Eating When Not Hungry Could Be More Harmful than You Think

If possible, wait until you’re hungry to eat. If you’re going to snack while hungry, try something with a low glycemic index, like nuts or cheese. Your pancreas will thank you!

A Force More Powerful Than Anti-Vaxxers? Economics!

Price negotiations need to set a balance between protecting public purses and promoting public health.

Housing the Homeless Could Eventually Pay For Itself

The cost of running supportive housing facilities for the homeless might be paid for through healthcare savings.

The Secret to Successful Aging – Subliminal Messaging?

If people become fatalistic about aging, their performance could potentially decline.

The Psychology of Wellness Nudges

Fairness often depends as much on perception as reality.

Reluctance to Blame the System

If we voters don’t demand that candidates lay out specific ideas of how to change our healthcare system to promote efficient spending, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Extremists Less Influenced by Psychological Anchoring

Our political divisions are not simply a result of political differences. They also result from variations in the way we form our judgments.

The Behavioral Economics of Stage Fright

When something changes the way we feel about a decision, it will probably change the way we think about it, too.

The Power of Thinking About Your Legacy

The policies we embrace today should promote the promise of tomorrow.

Does the Thought of Money Make Us Dishonest?

Our moral backbones are often quite pliable, bending to the social norms of things like our workplace.

Bribing Good Behavior

If $10 here and $20 there will cancel out some of these losses and improve these people’s health at the same time — I’m all for it.

Is Homoeconomicus a Psychopath?

Now we have a better sense not only of how poorly the neoclassical economic view of human nature characterizes most humans, but also of how poorly behaved the people are who act according to this caricature.

Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.

Why We Cannot Trust Political Pundits, or Ourselves

None of us perceive the world objectively. Our sense are contaminated by our hopes. Our vision is clouded by our biases.

When It Comes to Sex, We Are all Animals

Our behavior is influenced by unconscious forces programmed into our DNA.

Is [Favorite Politician] Narcissistic Enough to Be President

Is the kind of extroversion that helps people succeed in modern political campaigns also helpful in making our presidents better leaders once elected?

How to Trick People Into Caring About Healthcare

Experts often refer to three aims for a modern healthcare system – to offer access, quality, and cost: a possibly unachievable set of goals. If you were to prioritize any one of these items, what would it be? How much of this decision do you think would be rooted in moral values?

Can Circular Reasoning Make You Rich?

Do you think circular reasoning or linear reasoning leads people to save more money?

Do People on the Right Feel Superior to Those on the Left?

Are opinionated conservatives more certain of the superiority of their views than opinionated liberals?

Has Obamacare Made Restaurants Partisan?

Are we heading towards a society where our choice of restaurant must now be based on our political allegiances?

The Plural of "Anecdote" Is Not "Data"

Thinking the plural of "anecdote" is "data" = bad reasoning and stunningly bad science.

Is Lebron James Fattening His Wallet by Fattening Our Kids?

Should celebrities like Lebron James and Peyton Manning be using their power to endorse healthy products?

On the Allure of Cheating

Perhaps the way to reduce crime is to find harmless ways for people to cheat.

A Challenge Figuring Out What Causes Behavior

What are the true costs of defensive medicine?

Denying Jobs to Smokers is Bad Policy

As much as I like the idea of incentivizing people to kick the habit, denying jobs to qualified people because they smoke is not an appropriate intervention.

How Anti-Alcohol Regulations Promoted...Prostitution?

Sometimes government regulation has unintended consequences, like prostitution.

Would the Founding Fathers Approve of a Sugar Tax?

Based on the history of alcohol prohibition, taxing sugar is a much better way to combat obesity than banning sugary beverages.

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