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President Obama's Behavioural Insights Executive Order

Ruth Tarrant

12th November 2015

A few weeks ago, President Obama issued an unusual Executive Order (a presidential instruction that effectively bypasses the minefield of getting legislation through Congress). The Executive Order demanded that federal agencies (effectively like a government department) MUST use behavioural science insights when designing their policies. Upon signing the Order, President Obama said:

“Adopting the insights of behavioral science will help bring our government into the 21st century in a wide range of ways - from delivering services more efficiently and effectively; to accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy; to helping workers find better jobs, gain access to educational opportunity, and lead longer, healthier lives."

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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