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    Government policy should be based on respect and responsiveness rather than statistics

Government policy should be based on respect and responsiveness rather than statistics

There are significant problems with statistics-based policy, argues Mark D. White. He writes that governments should eschew the use of output or well-being statistics and instead focus on respect and responsiveness. This would mean encouraging the ability and right of individuals to make choices in their own interests and responding to the needs and concerns of the people as expressed by the people.

In a previous post, I explained the […]

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    Basing government policy on happiness or well-being is misguided

Basing government policy on happiness or well-being is misguided

Regardless of the motivation and intention behind it, the move to base government policy on measures of happiness is fraught with problems at every level, argues Mark D. White. Reorienting policy towards happiness suffers from problems of definition, measurement, and implementation.

The prospect of basing government policy on measures of happiness (or subjective well-beingas it is known in the academic […]

The richness of personal interests: A neglected aspect of the nudge debate

Within the ‘nudge’ debate there is one assumption that goes unquestioned by advocates and critics alike: that people regularly and predictably make bad decisions. Policymakers necessarily substitute their own idea of what people’s interests are and then use nudges to steer the person in that direction. Mark White argues that only we can know when we’re making bad choices according to our own interests, […]