One of the originators of 'nudge' theory – the idea that small prompts can have big effects on behaviour – was this week awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics. But not all nudges are created equal, argues the New Zealand Initiative's Jenesa Jeram.
You wouldn’t trust an economist to give you a smear test. So is it reasonable to expect those working in health to grasp economics? But still we listen to sugar tax proponents who don't understand how consumer taxes work, says the NZ Initiative's Jenesa Jeram.
With the domestic sale of electronic cigarettes set for legalisation, the Ministry of Health is deciding on regulations to govern where, how and to whom they're sold. The NZ Initiative's Jenesa Jeram makes the argument for a light hand.