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, Kenneth W. Starr; with comments by James L. Swanson, Editor in Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review.
What is the proper role of the Supreme Court in American life? Kenneth W. Starr—former law clerk to the chief justice of the United States, Justice Department official, federal appeals court judge, solicitor general, independent counsel, and now appellate lawyer—answers that question in his provocative new book. In chapters on the First Amendment, religion, privacy, affirmative action, voting rights, and criminal justice, Judge Starr argues that ours is a government of limited powers and that the Supreme Court has, since the New Deal, strayed from first principles. Starr offers pithy character and jurisprudential sketches of the justices and pinpoints decisive moments in the Court’s history, including the perversion of the Commerce Clause in the 1930s; the descent of law into politics; and, more positively, the Rehnquist Court’s restoration of federalism. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the Court and the Constitution.