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 Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy, Cato Institute; John Samples, Director of the Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; and Linda Killian, Professor of Journalism, Boston University, Author, The Freshmen: What Happened to the Republican Revolution?
In 1994, the Republican Contract with America called for the “end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money.” After 10 years in power, the GOP has cut taxes and reformed welfare, and they are proceeding with reforms to Social Security. But federal spending has soared 60 percent since 1995, the deficit has exploded, and the government has grabbed more power from the states and the people in many areas.
Please join us to discuss a new Cato book, The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later: Smaller Government or Business as Usual? edited by Chris Edwards and John Samples. The book examines 10 years of policy in taxation, education, trade, welfare, health care, and other key areas. Joining the authors will be Boston University professor Linda Killian, author of the book The Freshmen: What Happened to the Republican Revolution? As a journalist who covered the new Republican Congress, Killian will discuss some of the interesting political dynamics behind the GOP’s reform efforts.