PhD defence M.C. (Maria) Pena Madeira Gouveia de Campos


Prof.dr. K. Heine


Dr. F. Weber, LL.M

Friday 26 Feb 2021, 10:30 - 12:00
PhD defence
Senate Hall
Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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On Friday 26 February 2021, M.C. Pena Madeira Gouveia de Campos will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘At the Intersection of Behavioural Economics, Nudging and Regulation: Rethinking the process of nudge design for regulation’.

Alongside the developments in behavioural economics, the concept of nudge appeared. Introduced as an intervention able to guide individual behaviour towards better choices, without using coercion or incentives, nudging soon entered the policy sphere through a process of “policy translation” (Jones, Pykett, & Whitehead, 2014). While behavioural teams were created inside governmental units and regulatory authorities, nudging emerged in regulatory discourse, being increasingly regarded as a new regulatory instrument that could overcome the disadvantages of other tools.

This thesis analyses the viability of incorporating nudges into regulation. In particular, it investigates the implications for regulators of bringing iterative experimental testing – a widespread nudge design methodology outside regulation – into their own design practices. Nudges outside regulation are routinely designed using experiments of all kinds. This thesis intends to answer whether design premises rooted in iterative experimentation are still valid in the regulatory space, an arena that nudging entered into and that is distinct from the one where it originally emerged. The design and provision of nudges using the premises of iterative experimental testing is possible, but at a cost and burden for regulatory nudge designers. Therefore, the thesis evaluates how this burden can be reduced, in particular how nudges can be feasibly designed and provided through regulation or, put differently, how to more efficiently design and provide nudging as a regulatory tool.

Due to corona, the PhD defences do not take place publicly in the usual way in the Senate Hall or in the Professor Andries Querido Room. The candidates will defend their dissertation either in a small group or online.

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