Cass R. Sunstein / Keynote Q&A

Join our keynote speakers as Results Washington re-envisions what a Q&A session can look like. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions, hear what is on the minds of other attendees and glean more from the thinking of the keynote speakers to deepen the experience. This won’t be your typical Q&A session and should take pressure away from asking “the perfect question”.


Cass R. Sunstein
Robert Walmsley University Professor
Harvard Law School

Nudging and Beyond: From Behavioral Economics to Public Policy

Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made. Cass Sunstein, author, professor and the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, will share the power of “nudge” and how, broadly implemented, it can be a force for substantial change.  He will provide key lessons, stories of successful change and adoption as well as practical application of ‘nudge’ principles that public sector employees can use to get better results.


Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice and was a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School from 1981 to 2008. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, he served on the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.
Sunstein is the author of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler 2008), and Simpler (2013). His latest books are The World According to Star Wars (2016) and The Ethics of Influence (2016).
Sunstein received his bachelor of arts from Harvard College in 1975 and his doctorate in law from Harvard Law School in 1978.