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Karsten is blog editor-in-chief, research assistant and project manager at iNudgeyou. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from University of Copenhagen and University of California, Irvine (visiting), with special emphasis on behavioral economics, game theory and philosophy of law.
He is fascinated with nudging on both a practical and theoretical level. Practically, in the acknowledgment of how seemingly small interventions can cause major effects. Theoretically, in the realization of how nudges are often multilayered structures, drawing on human psychology (heuristics and biases), constructs (both physical and social) and human interaction (e.g. social norms, beliefs, habits and conventions).
When he is not occupied with academia he likes adventures – he has bicycled from Denmark to Scotland, hitchhiked from Vancouver to Toronto, cruised around the southwestern USA on a motorcycle, completed a marathon and climbed rocks in various places in Europe and North America.
Most popular posts by Karsten Schmidt:
A change of default privacy settings in a web-browser has caused a stir. This nudge, however, can show the way for liberty promoting nudges in the Internet age. In February, Mozilla, the non-profit, open source group behind the Firefox web-browser, sparked fury amongst online advertisers. The reason? A ‘patch’ in the privacy settings in Firefox was announced, though later postponed. The patch constitutes a nudge: In the future updates of Firefox, third-party cookies are by default not accepted when surfing the Internet, i.e. only...read more
The nudge-approach to policy making is an efficient and costless tool, as well as non-invasive on citizens' privacy and autonomy. But does it lack ambition?read more
Social comparison has the ability to influence behavior - also when it comes to electricity consumption. Here is the story behind a green nudge with large impact.read more
In an online piece, Richard Thaler explains why tax cuts for high-income earners is not a cost-effective way to stimulate more business startups.read more
GreeNudge of Norway has produced a video explaining a nudge designed to influence buyers of hard appliances in order to benefit the environment.read more
Avani Parikh - a New York based architect - is working on a very interesting project in the nexus between built environment, prospect theory and nudging.read more
Fundamental to the nudge-approach is the recognition that everyday-behavior is often better predicted on psychological, rather than hyper-rational assumptions. This has consequences even for kinds of financial behaviors.read more
We are pleased to come across a Danish invention that implements ideas from nudging into a fun tool for saving energy at home. It is called WaterGuide and is a perfect example on how you can nudge yourself to spending less energy while having fun. The invention is an attachment to your mixer tap in the shower. After installment it gives you live feedback – audibly with some encouraging sounds bites during your shower and visually on a little screen. The visual feedback consists of a lit up background in the easily recognizable traffic...read more