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 Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; and
Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies; moderated by Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute.
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The controversy over America’s immigration policies will ratchet up once the new Arizona law, known as SB 1070, goes into effect on July 29. Can that law withstand the legal challenges that are awaiting it? And legality aside, will the Arizona law create more problems than it can resolve? The federal policy options are no less divisive. Should illegal immigration be reduced by deploying soldiers or by enacting a comprehensive immigration reform bill? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the politics and law of immigration policy.