The UCD Behavioural Science and Policy Group will host a “Mini-Workshop” on Sludge (the evil cousin of nudge). It will take place on September 23, 2pm – 4pm on Zoom.

We will distribute the Zoom link to UCD staff and students as well as members of the Irish/UK Behavioural Science Network. If you would like to participate as well, please send a message to

The preliminary schedule is below:

14:00 – 14:10: Introduction
14.10 – 14:30: Stuart Mills (LSE) on “Nudge/Sludge Symmetry”
14:30 – 14:50: Leonhard Lades (UCD) on “Sludge and Transaction Costs”
14:50 – 15:10: Janne Kalucza (University of Hamburg) on “Alleviating administrative burden in accessing social programs: An experimental approach”
15:10 – 15:30: Manuel Grieder (ZHAW, Zurich) on “Make it simple: A field experiment on the effects of transaction costs on environmental actions in small companies”
15:30 – 16:00: General discussion / Q&A

Here is some background reading on sludge: