Behavioral economics in Afghanistan

Tim Harford reports on a  military program from Afghanistan modeled on the Comprehensive Rural Health Project.

The more psychologically detailed insights of behavioural economics may also be promising. Mackay and Tatham cite Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme as an example of the “choice architecture” described by policy guru Cass Sunstein and the behavioural economist Richard Thaler. The NSP handed out grants to villages, provided the village leaders were elected by secret ballot, held communal meetings, and posted accounts in a public place: a nudge towards better governance.

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One Response to “Behavioral economics in Afghanistan”

  1. Luca Masters Says:

    Grants sound like a bit more than a nudge.

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