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 Timothy B. Lee, Adjunct Scholar for the Cato Institute and member of the Center for IT Policy at Princeton University and Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow for the Mercatus Center and Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law
Despite the defeat of network neutrality legislation in 2006, President-elect Obama—a “net neutrality” supporter—and Congress are likely to put government regulation of the Internet at the top of their technology agenda for 2009. Technology policy scholars Tim Lee and Jerry Brito will review what network neutrality is, why it matters, and how regulations could stifle innovation online. They will also talk about the recent power grab in the Comcast network neutrality case.