Harnessing behavioral science to design disposable shopping bag regulations

Tatiana Homonoff, Rebecca L.C. Taylor, Lee Sien Kao, Doug Palmer

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Policies to curb the use of disposable shopping bags take two main forms: (a) They provide market-based incentives, imposing fees or taxes on disposable shopping bags or offering rewards for bringing reusable bags from home, or (b) they impose command-and-control policies, which ban certain types of disposable shopping bags altogether. In this article, we review evidence on the effectiveness of these policy design choices through a behavioral economics lens and highlight best practices for policymakers considering similar legislation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral Science and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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