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, Philippe Legrain, with comments by Stuart Anderson, National Foundation for American Policy.
Immigration remains the most controversial component of globalization. In a provocative new book, British author Philippe Legrain presents a comprehensive case for expanding the freedom of workers to cross international borders legally, especially from less- to more-developed countries. With an American audience in mind, Legrain examines the economic benefits of both high-skilled and low-skilled immigration and addresses the very concerns that blocked Senate passage of comprehensive immigration reform earlier this year. Among the questions the book seeks to answer: Is Latino immigration splitting America in two? Do Mulsim immigrants threaten our security and way of life? Comments will be provided by a leading U.S. immigration expert.