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 Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Don Oberdorfer, Former Washington Post correspondent, author of The Two Koreas; Selig Harrison, Director of the Asia Project, Center for International Policy, author of Korean Endgame
East Asia poses some of the greatest foreign policy challenges for policymakers on both sides of the Pacific. In Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea, Ted Galen Carpenter and Doug Bandow question whether Washington’s East Asia security strategy makes sense any longer given the possibility of a nuclear-armed North Korea and the fraying ties between the United States and South Korea. The prospect of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea becoming nuclear hostages makes it imperative to reconsider U.S. policy on the Korean peninsula and throughout East Asia. The book provides a candid assessment of America’s position in East Asia and the wider world. Please join us for an important, timely forum with the authors and two distinguished discussants.