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Cass Sunstein        

Professor of Law at Harvard; Expert on Behavioral Economics

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a faculty member at the Law School from 1981 to 2008.

Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including "Republic.com," "Risk and Reason," "Why Societies Need Dissent," "The Second Bill of Rights," "Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle," "Worst-Case Scenarios" and "Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008)." He is now working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.

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Simpler: The Future of Business

Cass Sunstein has long been a central figure in behavioral economics, influencing businesses all over the world by identifying more effective strategies. For nearly four years, the bestselling author, serving as President Obama's "Regulatory Czar," also helped to oversee a revolution in better government. Drawing on decades of research in the fields of behavioral science and economics, he guided the administration toward simplifying regulations with his innovative methods of "nudging" corporate behavior. Sunstein can show businesses how to apply the lessons of his experiences with behavioral economics, the private sector, and government for revolutionary results.

Nudges as Policy Tool

Nudges for Business and for Government

Regulation in the Obama Administration

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