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 Andrew Mwenda,
Political Editor, Daily Monitor (Kampala, Uganda), with comments by
Mauro De Lorenzo, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute.
The international aid lobby claims that increased foreign aid will help to solve Africa’s problems. But, as the case of Uganda shows, foreign aid can exacerbate those problems. Foreign aid, Andrew Mwenda writes in a recent Cato study, has provided the Ugandan government with an independent source of revenue that has allowed it to remain unaccountable to Uganda’s citizens. Moreover, aid has enabled the government to pay its bills without having to undertake further necessary economic reforms. The government has wasted much of the aid money on military equipment and political patronage. To promote democracy and accountability, the West should discontinue future aid flows to Uganda.