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 Sally Pipes, Author, Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer (Pacific Research Institute, 2004); John Goodman,
Coauthor, Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance around the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); with comments by Jeff Lemieux,
Executive Director, Centrists.org; and Robert Kuttner, Cofounder and Coeditor, The American Prospect.
Rising health care costs and a growing number of Americans without health insurance are making health care reform a defining issue in this year’s presidential campaign. Two new books by leading advocates of health care reform argue that free markets are a better answer than government-run health care. National Center for Policy Analysis president John Goodman debunks misperceptions about government-run health care systems around the world. Pacific Research Institute president Sally Pipes explains why neither the U.S. system nor the Canadian system is perfect and offers solutions to improve both. Comments will be provided by scholars from different viewpoints: Jeff Lemieux and Robert Kuttner.