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 Takis Michas, Staff writer for the Greek national daily, Eleftherotypia; with comments by Patrick Welter, Economics Correspondent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Moderated by Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
The Greek government’s debt of more than 120 percent of GDP and its staggering fiscal deficit of 12.7 percent in 2009 has threatened the euro and is creating divisions within the European Union. Takis Michas, one of Greece’s leading journalists, will explain how a long tradition of political clientelism in his country bloated the public sector and culminated in crisis. He will critique the government’s response as inadequate and all Greek political parties for continuing to blame the turmoil on Anglo-Saxon capitalism. Patrick Welter will comment on the impact of the Greek debt crisis on the European Union.