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Cass Sunstein speaker

Cass Sunstein

Cambridge, USA

Co-author of the global best-seller, "Nudge" (2008)

Robert Walmsley University Professor & Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (2008-present)

Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (2009-12)

Cass Sunstein is one of the most frequently cited legal thinkers in America who, for the past fifteen years, has also been at the forefront of behavioural economics. He is the co-author (with Richard Thaler) of “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness” (2008), which discusses how public and private organisations can help people make better choices in their daily lives. It was named “Best Book of the Year” by the Economist and the Financial Times.

Cass is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor and  Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, during the Obama administration, Cass was the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and for 27 years he has taught at the University of Chicago Law School.

Cass has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cass has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard, and Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations.

As well as “Nudge”, he has also written a number of articles and books, including “Republic.com” (2001), “Risk and Reason” (2002), “The Second Bill of Rights” (2004), and “Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle” (2005). He is now working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behaviour. His latest book, “Simpler: The Future of Government” (2013),  is a fascinating guide to how behavioural economics is improving government.

Cass is a contributing editor to The New Republic and The American Prospect.

Our Comment

"Cass Sunstein has long been a central figure in behavioural economics, influencing businesses all over the world by identifying more effective strategies. For nearly four years, serving as President Obama’s “Regulatory Czar,” Cass also helped to oversee a revolution in better government. He can show businesses how to apply the lessons of his experiences with behavioural economics, the private sector, and government for revolutionary results."

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