Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioural Economics (Baltimore, md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) isbn: 978-1-421-42101-8, 392 pp.The recently released collection, Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioural Economics, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Christopher T. Robertson, presents an interesting window into the complex world of health policy and health decision-making from the perspective of behavioural economics. Although the contributing authors in this volume come from diverse fields and interests, almost all of them are American, and accept the central premises and aims of behavioural economics and related fields of study. Where the authors may disagree is in how the results of experimentation and research in behavioural economics is best applied to health policy. The book does not aim to critically analyse behavioural economics itself; its goal is to discuss the various ways in which law and policy can apply some of the findings from behavioural economics to the public’s health-related behaviours, in order to improve people’s choices. This means that the book is, in general, uncritical of the more fundamental assumptions in behavioural economics, such as the theory of rationality it assumes, the individual focus it takes, and the potential fallibility of research studies upon
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Mar 9, 2018
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