Using Behavioral Science Insights To Better Serve the American People

Jean Boucher shared this recent executive order from the United States with us on our mailing list.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) has recently made publicly available Executive Order 13707 of September 15, 2015. Excerpt:

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights— research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them—can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people. Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students.


For more information, please refer to the above link to read the entire executive order.