Can artificial scarcity be used as a nudge?

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Can artificial scarcity be considered a nudge under nudge theory (from readings it sounds like nudges should be transparent if so, can I call it a non-transparent nudge?

Answer: 

Thaler and Sunstein in their book define nudge as “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people's behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives.”

By that definition artificial scarcity cannot be considered a nudge. Generally speaking, artificial scarcity leads to an increase in prices and hence it alters people’s economic incentives. Nudges do not alter economic incentives of the people. 

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Last updated on July 31, 2020