Digital Nudges: Contours and Challenges

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Digital nudges—that is, significantly behavioral interventions that use software and its user-interface design elements—are an increasingly pervasive feature of online environments that shapes behavior both online (e.g., changing online privacy settings) and offline (e.g., taking a flu vaccine due to a text message reminder). Although digital nudges share many characteristics of their offline counterparts, they merit particular attention and analysis for two important reasons: First, the growing ubiquity of digital nudges makes encountering them nearly unavoidable in daily life, thereby bringing into sharper relief the promise and perils of nudges more generally. Second, the potentially greater potency of digital—compared to offline—nudges, the greater opacity of their instruments and behavioral mechanisms, and the typically dominant role of private intermediaries or independent private actors in their implementation all raise unique or qualitatively different challenges from those presented by their better-studied offline predecessors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEconomic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship
ISSN (Print)2512-1294
ISSN (Electronic)2512-1308

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Behavioral insights
  • Behavioral regulation
  • Costs and benefits
  • Intermediaries
  • Machine learning
  • Nudge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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