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Mause I 177
Subsidiarity/Thaler/Sunstein: one way to more subsidiarity is the liberal paternalism by Thaler and Sunstein. (1)(2)
Problem: an apparent contradiction between paternalism (state correction) and liberalism (consumer sovereignty).
Sunstein/Thaler Thesis: It is a mistake to assume that people have always chosen the most preferred alternative; rather, as empirical research in behavioural economics has shown, their choice can be easily influenced by the so-called "framing" of their decision-making situation, by "anchoring" or self-management problems (see in detail Kahneman (3)); a choice according to the standard economic theory of the benefit of expectation is therefore by no means the rule.


1. Thaler, Richard H., und Cass R. Sunstein, Libertarian paternalism. American Economic Review 93, (2), 2003. S.175– 179.
2. Thaler, Richard H., und Cass R. Sunstein, Nudge: Wie man kluge Entscheidungen anstößt, Berlin 2009.
3. D. Kahneman, Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken. München 2012, S.  152– 163.


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EconThaler I
Richard Thaler
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics New York 2016

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018


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