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 Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; and Lindsey Burke, Education Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation; moderated by Laura Renz, Government Affairs Manager, Cato Institute.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is long overdue for reauthorization, and pressure is mounting to get it done before NCLB labels the vast majority of our schools as failures. But there’s much that must happen to fix NCLB, and to get federal-education policy overall working as it should. Neal McCluskey, associate director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, and Lindsey Burke, education policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, will provide a detailed overview of what Washington can and can’t do in education, and will discuss competing proposals for reauthorizing this very intrusive — and troubled — law.