By Peter Diamond, Hannu Vartiainen
Within the final decade, behavioral economics, borrowing from psychology and sociology to give an explanation for judgements inconsistent with conventional economics, has revolutionized the way in which economists view the area. yet regardless of this common good fortune, behavioral considering has essentially reworked just one box of utilized economics-finance. Peter Diamond and Hannu Vartiainen's Behavioral Economics and Its functions argues that behavioral economics may have an identical effect in different fields of economics. during this quantity, a number of the world's best thinkers in behavioral economics and normal monetary concept make the case for a far larger use of behavioral rules in six fields the place those rules have already proved precious yet haven't but been absolutely incorporated--public economics, improvement, legislation and economics, well-being, salary decision, and organizational economics. the result's an try to set the time table of an enormous improvement in economics--an schedule that would curiosity policymakers, sociologists, and psychologists in addition to economists. participants comprise Ian Ayres, B. Douglas Bernheim, Truman F. Bewley, Colin F. Camerer, Anne Case, Michael D. Cohen, Peter Diamond, Christoph Engel, Richard G. Frank, Jacob Glazer, Seppo Honkapohja, Christine Jolls, Botond Koszegi, Ulrike Malmendier, Sendhil Mullainathan, Antonio Rangel, Emmanuel Saez, Eldar Shafir, Sir Nicholas Stern, Jean Tirole, Hannu Vartiainen, and Timothy D. Wilson.
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8% in 2003. Low rates of saving have created widespread concern over investment, growth, the balance of payments, and the financial security of individual households. As a result, policymakers worldwide have become increasingly interested in developing strategies for stimulating thrift. Public policies affecting private saving are highly contentious. In the United States, policy makers are currently debating a variety of critical questions. Should the United States partly replace its traditional social security system with individual savings accounts?
Behavioral economics and its applications by Peter Diamond, Hannu Vartiainen