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More Than You Wanted to KnowThe Failure of Mandated Disclosure$
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Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161709

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161709.001.0001

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From Disclosure to Decision

From Disclosure to Decision

(p.107) Chapter 7 From Disclosure to Decision
More Than You Wanted to Know

Omri Ben-Shahar

Carl E. Schneider

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that even if the (essentially) cognitive problems with information could be overcome—even if disclosees were offered, accepted, understood, and remembered disclosures—people might not make better decisions. First, much of the information disclosed is not needed and cannot improve decisions. Rational people make many decisions without the guidance that mandated disclosures offer. Evidence shows that people's choices systematically diverge from rationality. This includes ways that people interpret, reinterpret, and misinterpret information. Decisions are shaped by how information is framed, with implications for informed consent. Another problem is the one explored by the literature in social psychology and behavioral economics—that the human mind distorts information and reasoning. The chapter suggests that nobody can write mandates that account for the many unexpected ways people read disclosures.

Keywords:   decisions, mandated disclosure, rationality, informed consent, social psychology, behavioral economics, information, reasoning

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