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.
President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Former member, Council of Economic Advisers;
with comments by
Chairman, Cato Institute.
Alan Greenspan will retire as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in the next several months after serving more than 18 years, arguably the most successful period of monetary policy in the history of the Federal Reserve. Has the Fed followed an identifiable monetary rule during this period? Should the Fed follow a specific rule in the future, and if so, what should it be? How important is it for the administration, Congress, the press, academic macroeconomists, and the financial community to understand this rule?
Those are the issues that will be addressed by William Poole, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a former member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. Commenting on Poole’s presentation will be William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute and Poole’s former colleague on the CEA.