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 Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Margaret Stock, Adjunct professor of political science, University of Alaska — Anchorage; moderated by Stuart Anderson, Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy, and adjunct scholar, Cato Institute.
Seemingly out of nowhere a debate has erupted over the Fourteenth Amendment and the children of illegal immigrants. Should a constitutional amendment be enacted to end the practice whereby the children of illegal immigrants born on American soil are granted U.S. citizenship? What are the policy and practical ramifications of making such a dramatic change to U.S. law and practice? Please join immigration policy experts Margaret Stock and Daniel Griswold to discuss this controversial topic.