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 Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation; Clifford D. May, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science, George Washington University; and moderated by Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Despite the infusion of nearly 30,000 Army and Marine Corps personnel, Adm. Michael Mullen, the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs, admits, “No amount of troops in no amount of time will make much of a difference” in Iraq if there is no effective Iraqi government. Are the objectives and benchmarks set for the Iraqi government achievable? To what extent has the surge reduced overall violence in Iraq? How much longer should the United States be willing to give the surge to work before considering a change in policy?