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, Michael Tanner, Director of Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute; with comments by Daniel Casse, Senior director of the White House Writers Group and former special assistant to President Bush; and Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader.
For conservatives generally and the Republican Party in particular, now is a time of intense soul-searching. More than a decade has passed since President Bill Clinton announced that “the era of big government is over.” Yet, since then, government has grown far bigger and far more intrusive. It spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives than it did before the Republican Revolution. In Leviathan on the Right, Michael Tanner says that behind this alarming trend stands the rise of a new brand of conservatism–one that believes big government can be used for conservative ends. It is a conservatism that ridicules F. A. Hayek and Barry Goldwater while embracing Teddy and even Franklin Roosevelt. Unless conservatives return to their small-government roots, Tanner warns, the electoral defeat of 2006 is just the beginning. Please join us for a lively discussion with distinguished commentators.