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It gave lots of evidence that people do not always make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones
on November 3, 2014
I bought this book based on reviews and my interests in government management. The first part was very insightful. It gave lots of evidence that people do not always make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones, and why they make these bad choices. Often people just lack knowledge, practice or familiarity with a subject (who practiced their retirement before retiring or shopped around their hospital for their future heart attack?).
The second part is about improving choices in very specific situations. Most of the examples given concern the USA. I'm from Québec and I felt it only highlited systemic problems in the USA that we do not face here. It didn't give me lots of good ideas on how to help people make better choices, but it did point out why the USA has so many problems. Too many people try to make money off other people. Limiting this predatory environment instead of trying to help people make better choices seems like a better way to help people.
Still, the first part was worth it. Lots of studies explaining why people make bad choices. It gives ammunition against libertarians and proponants of laissez faire capitalism.