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Lasting behaviour change comes from democracy

Aurang Zeb
27 April 2012
 

I read with interest Tony Duckenfield’s views (Viewpoint LTT 30 Mar) on the (potential) role of behavioural economics in understanding drivers’ behaviour and “the reasons for historic traffic growth”.

Behavioural economists can point to plenty of evidence supporting the idea that people can do things that conflict with axiomatic rationality (that is people working out all the mathematical and logical implications of a choice) to justify intervention by the state –...

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