Field experiments have been used to test the effectiveness of policy “nudges”—attempts by government to align desirable social behavior with individual incentives in policy areas ranging from retirement planning to tax compliance. Both the Democratic administration of President Obama and the Conservative government of David Cameron in the U.K. have supported this type of research. For your Discussion this week, choose one of the two scenarios provided and complete the corresponding prompts.
Scenario 2: Nudging
Post by Day 3 a response to the following:
- Briefly describe a nudging field experiment design focused on encouraging more self-employed taxpayers to file their estimated taxes. Consider both coercive and nudge style mechanisms to accomplish this, with an aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of the methods.
Respond by Day 5 to two colleagues in the following way:
- Explain what other incentives you might think of to make the nudge more effective and why you might use them.
For this Assignment, use all of the information you have gathered so far about your Final Project, your understanding of the program, stakeholders, and theoretical and logical framework of the project, and some of your earlier thinking regarding an appropriate evaluation design.
Submit by Day 7 a 2- to 3-page defensible quantitative design for your selected program that addresses the following:
- Explain how you will select treatment and control groups if the design is a field experiment.
- Explain what techniques you might use to address selection bias if the design is a quasi experiment.
- Explain how you might address internal validity if the design is a nonexperimental design.