Festival of Economics 2014: Can Economics Help us to Eat Better: Schools Challenge.

Rising levels of obesity are a major policy issue and governments round the world are interested in finding ways to encourage healthy eating. What can economics contribute to the debate? Traditional economic tools – taxes and subsidies are one option. There is also increasing interest in what behavioural economics has to offer in “nudging” people to eat better. To understand what will work we need to know how people make choices about what to eat and how they might respond to different types of incentives and nudges. This event gives sixth form students an opportunity to learn about economic and behavioural economic thinking on healthy eating and to apply the ideas in a team competition.

 

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