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 Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.
There is talk of reinstating the draft. The Pentagon is worried about overextended manpower and the Selective Service System is quietly seeking volunteers for draft boards. Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) both support reinstating the draft, and a national service bill by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) resembles a draft proposal. Before the possibility becomes a reality, we need to examine whether returning to a draft is a good idea. Our experts will explain how current policies are driving us toward a draft and will discuss such grave questions as whether we need a draft to bolster our stretched-too-thin military; whether a conscripted force would be as capable as an all-volunteer force; and whether a draft would serve societal goals such as equality among differing income or ethnic groups.