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, Neal McCluskey, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, with comments by
Michael Petrilli, Vice President, National Programs and Policy, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, and moderated by
David Hoff, Associate Editor, Education Week.
Congress is working to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, and prospects for meaningful reform are poor. Most proposals call for a nip here and a tuck there, but little else. That won’t do, according to Cato education analyst Neal McCluskey’s new book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples and Compromises American Education. After examining Washington’s education track record and the largely forgotten history of American schooling, McCluskey concludes that only two things — ceasing federal education involvement and implementing universal school choice — can get our kids the education they need. Please join us for a discussion of this controversial thesis and what must be done to truly leave no child behind.