...The federal government is hiring what it calls a ‘Behavioral Insights Team’ that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient. ‘
Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals,’ reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team.
The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would ‘experiment’ with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs….CONTINUE READING FOX ARTICLE
Below are two excerpts from the document mentioned above “Research to Results: Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insight”. (See document further down in the post.)
…A growing body of evidence suggests that insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals….CONTINUE READING MY POST