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 Hon. Bob Barr, Former Member of Congress (R-GA); Gene Healy, Senior Editor, Cato Institute; and David Klinger, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. military has been taking on more domestic security responsibilities. Fighter jets patrol the skies over U.S. cities, and there have been temporary troop deployments in the airports and on the Canadian and Mexican borders. The Pentagon has also shown a disturbing interest in high-tech surveillance of American citizens. What is the proper role of the military in homeland security? Is it time to relax or tighten the legal restrictions governing the use of soldiers in domestic policing? Please join us for a panel discussion that will explore these issues.