The bestselling author and recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, Cass R. Sunstein, explores how more information can make us happy or miserable, and why we sometimes avoid it--but sometimes seek it out
Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. He was the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the largest annual international research prizes awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law, or theology. He is the author of The Cost-Benefit Revolution, How Change Happens (both published by the MIT Press), Nudge- Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler), and other books.
"The book actually delivers something stranger and more interesting
than the announced thesis: a tour of human biases that end up
creating 'behavioral market failures.' Too Much Information
doesn't replace that generational certainty with a new one, but it
does make it impossible to continue regarding information
disclosure as an uncomplicated good."
- New York Times Book Review
"Sunstein's book is an invaluable font of information about the many burdens of disclosing too much information."
"An accessible treatise on the need to ensure that information improves citizens' wellbeing with a narrative [that] is clear and relatable."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Sunstein writes in clear, accessible language throughout. This balanced and well-informed take illuminates an obscure but significant corner of government policy making."
"Classic Cass Sunstein: Keen insights and bracingly clear prose fill every page. The chapter on Facebook alone is a compelling reason to read Too Much Information."
- Robert H. Frank, H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management; author of Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work
"Once again Cass Sunstein shows that evaluating policy questions with evidence and rigor not only leads to better governance but can be intellectually exhilarating."
- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of Enlightenment Now
"Years at the White House uniquely prepared Cass - a worldrenowned behavioral scientist - to write this important book. His mustread arguments about when governments should and should not require companies to disclose information draw on entertaining anecdotes supported by rigorous research."
- Katy Milkman, Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; host of the Choiceology podcast
"Cass Sunstein offers a unique and incredibly valuable perspective on information and how it affects people's choices, presented in a masterful way."
- Linda Thunstrom, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wyoming
"Sunstein offers an endless supply of thoughtprovoking and accessible examples to highlight the fascinating questions at the heart of information disclosure policy. This book changed how I think about what information to seek out in my own life."
- Jacob Goldin, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School