Crampton Reviews Ariely
Taken as a set of lessons for self-improvement, the book is very good…
But these sorts of private solutions don’t seem to be Ariely’s main interest. He wants instead that public policy be used to help us do better… Besides overplaying the strength of behavioural results, he more importantly ignores that those same behavioural problems plague both MPs and the bureaucrats that might be charged with helping us, with the added complication that they have far less incentive to fix any problems that they might cause.
Ariely still hasn’t reached the top of my queue, but since Eric and I have a separated-at-birth level of agreement on all things (we even independently starting reading The Lord of the Rings aloud to our respective wives), I’m almost sure to agree in the end.