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 Ronald A. Cass, Cass & Associates, Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law; Keith Hylton, Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law; and Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Editor, Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess; moderated by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
In recent years, a growing chorus of legal theorists and technologists has questioned the utility and justice of statutes creating property rights in ideas and expressions aimed at increasing their production. In Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas, Ronald Cass and Keith Hylton mount their defense of intellectual property law. The authors reject the idea that changing technology undermines the case for intellectual property rights, and they argue that making the work of inventors and creators free would be a costly mistake. Please join us for their presentation of the book and an interesting discussion of issues on which libertarians often find themselves divided.