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 author, Jay P. Greene, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Chair, Department of Education Reform,
University of Arkansas, with comments by Howard Nelson, American Federation of Teachers
In this book, Jay P. Greene of the Manhattan Institute examines 18 widely held beliefs about American education, concluding that they just aren’t true. In addition to myths about class size and teacher pay, he debunks common views about special education (special education programs burden public schools), certification (certified or more experienced teachers are more effective), graduation (nearly all students graduate from high school), draining (choice harms public schools), segregation (private schools are more racially segregated), and a host of other hotly debated issues. Come join us for an interesting discussion of the key issues in American education.