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 the co-authors, Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union, and Dina Temple-Raston.
In a new book, In Defense of Our America, the executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, and journalist Dina Temple-Raston claim that the legal protections set forth in the Bill of Rights are eroding in the age of terror. Against the backdrop of post-9/11 America, the authors go behind the scenes of some of the most important civil liberties cases in recent years. From the story of the “American Taliban” to the battle against the National Security Agency’s warrantless spying program, Romero and Temple-Raston track a roster of legal battles concerning the rights of individuals suspected of terrorism. The authors also discuss civil liberties skirmishes beyond the war on terrorism, such as a modern-day Scopes trial in Dover, Pennsylvania. Join us for a discussion about the proper role of government in a free society.