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 Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; David Burton, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation; and Ike Brannon, Senior Fellow, George W. Bush Institute, and President, Capital Policy Analytics; moderated by John Maniscalco, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Motivated by the world’s highest corporate tax rate and an aggressive form of worldwide taxation, several American companies are engaging in cross-border mergers to find tax jurisdictions with better policies. The Cato Institute will host a panel of experts on August 26 to discuss appropriate public policy responses to corporate inversions.