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: CC Goldwater, Granddaughter of Barry Goldwater; Producer, Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater; Editor, The Conscience of a Conservative (Princeton University Press edition, 2007). Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, Heritage Foundation; Press Secretary, Goldwater for President; Author, Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution. Franklin Foer, Editor, The New Republic. Edward H. Crane, President, Cato Institute; Precinct Captain, Berkeley, Calif., Goldwater for President.
Barry Goldwater was the first political leader of modern conservatism and the father of the modern Republican Party. Once derided as a relic of the 18th century or worse, today his legacy is claimed by conservatives, libertarians, and even liberals. Who was the real Barry Goldwater? What did he stand for? What is his legacy? Please join us for clips from his granddaughter’s HBO film, coming out in July on DVD, the release of a new Princeton University Press edition of The Conscience of a Conservative, and some vigorous discussion.