As Nova Scotia switches to opt-out option for organ donation, expert examines the ethics of government 'nudging'

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Nova Scotia has introduced a "presumed consent" system for organ donation, meaning that people must opt out if they don't want to donate. The idea behind it - "nudging" citizens into better choices - is part of a global trend steeped in behavioural science, but not everyone agrees. Tim Harford, who writes The Undercover Economist column for the Financial Times, argues that the tactic should be used carefully, and warns there is a darker flipside.

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