Cass Sunstein

  • Professor, Harvard Law School, Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
  • Former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Obama
  • Bestselling Author

Drawing on state-of-the-art work in behavioral psychology and economics, Cass Sunstein, as administrator of the powerful White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), quietly helped save the nation billions of dollars while preventing thousands of deaths and countless illnesses and accidents. All this was accomplished in part through the extraordinary power of nudges—low-cost, seemingly modest policies that preserve freedom of choice. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Nudge, named “Best Book of the Year” by the Economist and Financial Times. Straightforward, informative, and entertaining, Nudge is about choices—how we make them and how we can make better ones. His latest book is Simpler: The Future of Government.

 
  

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Nudges as Policy Tool

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Nudges for Business and for Government

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Regulation in the Obama Administration

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Simpler: The Future of Business

Cass Sunstein has long been a central figure in behavioral economics, influencing businesses all over the world by identifying more effective strategies. For nearly four years, the bestselling author, serving as President Obama’s “Regulatory Czar,” also helped to oversee a revoluti ...

Cass Sunstein has long been a central figure in behavioral economics, influencing businesses all over the world by identifying more effective strategies. For nearly four years, the bestselling author, serving as President Obama’s “Regulatory Czar,” also helped to oversee a revolution in better government. Drawing on decades of research in the fields of behavioral science and economics, he guided the administration toward simplifying regulations with his innovative methods of “nudging” corporate behavior. Sunstein can show businesses how to apply the lessons of his experiences with behavioral economics, the private sector, and government for revolutionary results.

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Biography

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014). He is now working on group decisionmaking and various projects on the idea of liberty.