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 Regina Vargo, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas; and Hernán Büchi, Former Minister of Finance, Chile.
The recently negotiated U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement promises to immediately eliminate tariffs on 85 percent of goods traded between the two countries and on much of the remainder in four years. If passed, it may signal the beginning of a new phase of trade liberalization in the region. Regina Vargo, lead negotiator of the U.S.-Chile FTA, will describe what the treaty covers and how it fits into other U.S. trade initiatives in the Americas. Hernán Büchi will explain how the agreement benefits Chile and its importance to Latin America at a time when much of the region is experiencing political and economic uncertainty.