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 Michelle Minton, Senior Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute; Julie Gunlock, Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum; Mike Riggs, Associate Editor, Reason Magazine; Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb Brown, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.
Nanny state policies have been on the rise at all levels of government in the attempt to regulate “vices” such as consuming sugary soft drinks, fast foods, and alcoholic beverages. Join us Wednesday for a discussion of sin taxes, overprotective and interfering government policies, and the importance of bloggers and social media in rising up against them.