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 Justin Logan, Associate Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Matthew Duss, National Security Researcher, Center for American Progress.
As international negotiations continue over Iran’s nuclear program, hope remains for an alternative to the unappetizing choice between an incipient Iranian nuclear capability and a war against Iran. How might internal political developments in Iran affect Tehran’s negotiating posture? What impact will additional unilateral American sanctions, currently under discussion in Congress, have on the multilateral efforts and on Iran’s calculus? Please join us for a discussion of these issues and Washington’s policy options should negotiations fail.