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Politics & Government

How can “Nudge Units” protect government from future mistakes?

The chamber in Michigan's State Capitol.
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The chamber in Michigan's State Capitol.

When creating new public policies, lawmakers seek to answer the age-old question: “What’s the harm?”

Some governments are aiming to answer that question with “Nudge Units” that gather insight on public behavior before implementing new policies, ideally avoiding future disasters like the Flint water crisis.

Joe Arvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He joined Cynthia Canty on Stateside to talk about how “Nudge Units” can be effective in creating public policy.