Discussion Paper

No. 2017-101 | November 22, 2017
(Submitted as Global Solutions Paper)


The authors identify three challenges to global cooperation and propose three solutions. The first is the lack of integration of civil society into global governance. In the spirit of Ostrom’s poly-centric governance, they propose stronger interaction between public international authorities, including the G20, and civil society. The second is the reliance of economic policy on a model of human behaviour based on self-interest and instrumental rationality. The authors propose on the contrary to ground policies on behavioural evidence, and to increase cooperation between academic institutions active in this field worldwide. The third is the recognition that the spread of divisive narratives, which emphasize demarcations across national or religious lines, hinders global cooperation. Alternative narratives should be produced within a transformative process involving responsible leaders, decision-makers, experts, and civil society.

JEL Classification:

D04, D91, H41


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Cite As

Gianluca Grimalda, Simon Bartke, Steven Bosworth, Andreas Friedl, Katharina Lima de Miranda, Patrick Ring, and Dennis J. Snower (2017). Exploiting behavioural insights to foster global cooperation. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2017-101, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2017-101

Comments and Questions

Gregor Schwerhoff, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - Invited reader comment
November 27, 2017 - 12:52

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