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 Fritz Attaway, Motion Picture Association of America; Jim Burger, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson; Mike Godwin, Public Knowledge; and Andy Setos, Fox Entertainment Group.
The IP wars have shifted to a new battlefield — the Federal Communications Commission — as the content and the computer industries square off over how to protect broadcast video programming. Programmers fear the “Napsterization” of their programming as digital television transmissions become more popular and propose that a federally mandated broadcast flag be included in all future programming and receiving devices to prevent piracy. Computer companies and many consumer interest groups argue that the FCC should not mandate technology standards for electronic devices and deprive consumers of their fair use rights. Who will prevail in this latest IP skirmish?