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 Allen Gannett, Founder, TrackMaven (@Allen); Moderated by Kat Murti, Digital Marketing Manager, Cato Institute (@KatMurti).
As images increasingly dominate the social web, sites like Instagram are becoming a must for all serious content marketers and brand managers. Allen Gannett of Trackmaven will highlight some interesting discoveries from TrackMaven’s recently released study of Fortune 500 companies on Instagramand share tips for translating their success for the nonprofit world. Find out which images are practically guaranteed to go viral and which ones never will. Join us Thursday, November 21st at noon for lunchtime presentation, followed by a roundtable discussion. Come prepared to share your own experiences and join in the discussion with other digital strategy and new and social media professionals.
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