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By Kurt Weyland

Why do very various international locations usually emulate an identical coverage version? years after Ronald Reagan's income-tax simplification of 1986, Brazil followed an identical reform although it threatened to exacerbate source of revenue disparity and jeopardize nation sales. And Chile's pension privatization of the early Nineteen Eighties has unfold all through Latin the USA and past even if many terrible nations that experience privatized their social protection structures, together with Bolivia and El Salvador, lack the various preconditions essential to achieve this successfully.

In an incredible step past traditional rational-choice bills of coverage decision-making, this publication demonstrates that bounded--not full--rationality drives the unfold of options throughout nations. whilst looking options to household difficulties, decision-makers usually examine international types, occasionally promoted by way of improvement associations just like the international financial institution. yet, as Kurt Weyland argues, policymakers practice inferential shortcuts on the chance of distortions and biases. via an in-depth research of pension and healthiness reform in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Peru, Weyland demonstrates that decision-makers are captivated through neat, daring, cognitively on hand types. And instead of completely assessing the prices and merits of exterior types, they draw excessively company conclusions from restricted information and overextrapolate from spurts of good fortune or failure. symptoms of preliminary luck can hence set off an upsurge of coverage diffusion.

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