Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Featuring James Grant, Founder and Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; Axel Leijonhufvud, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), UCLA; Patrick Byrne, CEO and Chairman, Overstock.com; Judy Shelton, Co-Director, Sound Money Project, Atlas Economic Research Foundation; John Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute, and retired Chairman and CEO, BB&T; and more.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.