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 authors Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida; and Clint Bolick, Director, Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, Goldwater Institute; moderated by Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.
Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick argue in their new book that the three broad components of immigration reform — better immigration enforcement, a lawful pathway for future migrants, and the legalization of current unauthorized immigrants — must work together to produce a viable immigration policy. Our immigration law is 60 years old and has been patched over so many times that it is hopelessly complex and contradictory. Recent reform attempts have failed both because of lack of political courage and a refusal to scrap the current system in favor of one that meets our growing immigration needs in the 21st century, they argue. Immigration reform must produce an easily enforceable law that allows the world’s best, brightest, and most industrious a chance to contribute to the American economy.