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: Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Chairman, House Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ); and moderated by Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
Since the early 1960s, Americans have been barred from trading with, investing in, or traveling to Cuba. With Cuba possibly on the cusp of new political leadership, a growing bipartisan movement in Congress is calling for a reevaluation of the relationship between the United States and Cuba. Please join us for a Capitol Hill Briefing at which Chairman Rangel and Congressman Flake, leading proponents of expanding travel to and economic relations with Cuba, will discuss the need to reassess the U.S. embargo against Cuba.