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 Adam Lerrick, Gailliot Center for Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Michael Hadjimichael, International Monetary Fund; Ian Vásquez, Cato Institute.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have identified 41 poor countries whose debt burdens have grown too onerous to pay back. The lending agencies have begun reducing the debt of some of those countries and are asking rich nations to provide additional funds to the $28 billion initiative. Michael Hadjimichael will explain how the plan will help get countries on the path to self-sustaining growth and how it will assure that new funds are spent wisely. Adam Lerrick will question whether the initiative goes far enough and will explain why the lending agencies have plenty of their own resources to pay for debt they cannot collect. Ian Vásquez will explain why he favors debt relief but not the IMF and World Bank initiative.