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Cass Sunstein writes about Obama’s recent executive order.

In a recent article in the New York Times, Cass Sunstein (Harvard University) discusses President Obama’s recent executive order, one which he calls the “most consequential of President Obama’s second term”. In this order, Obama directed federal agencies to integrate the behavioral sciences into their programs. Sunstein discusses how behavioral sciences can help improve government programs, doing everything from increasing participation in government programs to increasing tax revenue. Motivated by findings from the White House’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Team, Obama’s executive order calls for the use of behavioral insights to reduce some of the government red tape hindering the success of governmental programs and to better design programs to work best for the needs of the program participants.


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