Paternalism: motives and consequences



The appropriate role of paternalistic behavior is a key issue in the political debate about the relationship between the state and its citizens. Should the state institute mandatory retirement savings, require motorcyclists to wear helmets or refuse to enforce certain types of contracts? Or should the government aim to influence choices in less intrusive ways? Questions about the legitimate role of paternalism are also at the heart of many interpersonal relationships, in particular the relationship between parents and their children.


Date and time (GMT + 1): December 8, 1600-2000

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16:00 - 16:05 Introduction  
16:05 - 16:50 Free to fail: Paternalistic Preferences in the U.S. Björn Bartling 
16:50 - 17:35 Parental Paternalism Matthias Sutter 
17.35 - 18:05 BREAK  
18:05 - 18:50 What Motivates Paternalism Sandro Ambuehl 
18:45 - 19:35 Paternalism and Procrastination Anya Samek 
19:35 - 20:00 Discussion  
Responsible: Alexander Wright Cappelen