Lifestyle changes and the lifestyle selection process

Earl, Peter E. (2016) Lifestyle changes and the lifestyle selection process. Journal of Bioeconomics, 1-18. doi:10.1007/s10818-016-9212-0

Author Earl, Peter E.
Title Lifestyle changes and the lifestyle selection process
Journal name Journal of Bioeconomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-6989
Publication date 2016-03-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10818-016-9212-0
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper presents an analysis of barriers to the uptake of eco-friendly ways of life that is based upon an evolutionary complex systems approach to the workings of the mind and the choices that people make. It questions the effectiveness of price-based policies for promoting change and emphasizes the role of non-price factors and complementarities in choice. Inducing behaviour change may therefore require ensuring consumers’ lifestyle prerequisites are met. In the light of Hayek’s (1952) book The sensory order (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), the paper examines the systematic processes by which cognitions are formed and minds evolve, and potential for inducing changes via policy measures that aim to derail stereotypical lines of thinking. Though the paper’s theoretical perspective differs from the behavioural economics that underpins the ‘Nudge’ approach to policy, the paper’s analysis is intended to be complementary with the ‘Nudge’ approach.
Keyword Complex systems
Environmental policy
Resistance to change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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