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 Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Regina Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration Chair, Harvard Business School, and Hugh Waters, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
While many sing the praises of national health care in other countries, a closer look shows that nearly every system is struggling with problems of rising cost and lack of access to care. Still, as the United States looks to reform its health care system, are there lessons that we can learn from other countries? What do national health care systems do well? What are their problems? Please join our panelists to examine how the United States can learn from other countries’ health care experiences and avoid their mistakes.