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 Roy Ramthun, Senior Advisor for Health Initiatives, U.S. Department of Treasury; Robert B. Helms, Director of Health Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Greg Scandlen, Director, Center for Consumer Driven Health Care, Galen Institute; and Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Cover the Uninsured Week begins Monday, May 2. Even though health savings accounts (HSAs) have only been available for a little more than a year, data already show that they are making health insurance accessible for those who previously could not afford coverage. But despite this success, HSAs remain restrictive and out of reach for millions of Americans. Can making HSAs more flexible cover even more of the uninsured? Join us for a discussion of how HSAs are affecting America’s health care sector and how they can be made even more flexible and affordable.