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 Swaminathan Aiyar, Research Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Surjit Bhalla, Managing Director, Oxus Research and Investments; and Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Twenty years ago this summer, India introduced major economic reforms that have led to sustained high growth, reductions in mass poverty, and an ongoing transformation of Indian society. Swaminathan Aiyar will describe the key reforms and why they were politically possible. Surjit Bhalla, one of the world’s leading experts on growth and poverty, will discuss the social impact of liberalization, including the dramatic rise of the middle class. Arvind Panagariya will stress the need for further modernization and highlight pressing items on India’s unfinished reform agenda. All three speakers will assess the probability of future high growth and reform.