April 14, 2008

News & Opinion: Another perspective on Nudge

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Friday we posted a review of Nudge. Steven Levitt over at the Freakonomics blog recently posted his thoughts on the book, too. It seems he liked it:
Which is why I could not have been more surprised and delighted when I finally got to read a copy of their new book Nudge. Despite my initial misgivings, I'm halfway through it, and this is a book I love.
The main point of the book (paraphrased) is as follows:
Since people don't think very hard about the choices they make, it is a lot easier to trick them into doing what you want than to try to educate them or incentivize them to change their behavior. There are many ways to trick people, but one of the easiest is simply by giving thought to the way choices are arrayed to them, or what they call "choice architecture."

Go to Levitt's full review.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.