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, William Eggers,
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, with comments by Robert Atkinson,
Vice President, Progressive Policy Institute, Stephen Slivinski, Director of Budget Studies, Cato Institute, and moderated by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Technology is altering the behavior and mission of federal agencies as well as city halls, statehouses, and schools across America. From transportation to education to law enforcement, the digital revolution is transforming government and politics by slashing bureaucracies, improving services, and producing innovative solutions to some of our nation’s thorniest problems. It’s changing the terms of the left-versus-right political debate and offering ordinary people access to more and more information and individual influence. Based on interviews with more than 500 leading politicians, researchers, technology industry leaders, futurists, and public employees, Government 2.0 journeys across America and overseas to illustrate the promise and perils of this emerging world.