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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Autonomy-enhancing paternalism
Authors: Binder, Martin
Lades, Leonhard
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Citation: Binder M & Lades L (2014) Autonomy-enhancing paternalism. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2014-09.
Keywords: libertarian paternalism
behavioral economics
preference learning
welfare economics
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2014-09
Abstract: We present a form of soft paternalism called "autonomy-enhancing paternalism" that seeks to in-crease individual well-being by facilitating the individual ability to make critically reflected, au-tonomous decisions. The focus of autonomy-enhancing paternalism is on helping individuals to become better decision-makers, rather than on helping them by making better decisions for them. Autonomy-enhancing paternalism acknowledges that behavioral interventions can change the strength of decision-making anomalies over time, and favors those interventions that improve, ra-ther than reduce, individuals' ability to make good and unbiased decisions. By this it prevents ma-nipulation of the individual by the soft paternalist, accounts for the heterogeneity of individuals, and counteracts slippery slope arguments by decreasing the probability of future paternalistic inter-ventions. Moreover, autonomy-enhancing paternalism can be defended based on both liberal val-ues and welfare considerations.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: Bard College Berlin

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