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 the author, Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute, with comments by David Brooks, New York Times.
In The Age of Abundance, Brink Lindsey offers a bold reinterpretation of the latter half of the 20th century. In this sweeping history of postwar America, the tumult of racial and gender politics, the rise of the counterculture, and the conservative revolution of the 1980s and 1990s are portrayed in an entirely new light. Readers will learn how and why the contemporary ideologies of left and right emerged in response to the novel challenges of widespread prosperity–and how a new, more libertarian consensus is forming that mixes the social freedom of the left with the economic freedom of the right. Commenting on Lindsey’s provocative interpretation of mass affluence will be David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and author of Bobos in Paradise.