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 Alan Pisarski, Author, Commuting in America; Gabriel Roth, Editor, Street Smart; and Randal O’Toole, Author, The Best-Laid Plans and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute. Moderated by Peter Van Doren, Senior Fellow and Editor, Regulation, Cato Institute.
The Obama Administration admits that one of its environmental goals is to “coerce people out of their cars.” The administration’s “behavior modification” plans would spend more tax dollars on high-speed rail and transit, leaving highways increasingly congested and dangerous to use.
This forum will present alternatives focused on customer-driven transportation funded by user fees, not taxes. Please join authors Alan Pisarski, Gabriel Roth, and Randal O’Toole to learn how reducing the environmental impacts of mobility without reducing mobility itself is less costly and more successful than efforts to change people’s behavior.