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 Karinna Moskalenko, International Protection Center, Moscow; and Robert Amsterdam, Amsterdam & Peroff, London. Moderated by Andrei Illarionov, Cato Institute.
A growing number of Russian citizens see their legal system as corrupt and politicized. Karinna Moskalenko, Russia’s leading human rights lawyer, has defended such well-known opponents of the Russian regime as former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the assassinated former spy Alexander Litvinenko. Together with Robert Amsterdam, she has defended the jailed former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Moskalenko and Amsterdam will describe the alarming state of the rule of law in Russia. They will also discuss the role of the European Court of Human Rights—the rulings of which Russia is bound to follow by treaty—in protecting the rights of thousands of Russians who have turned to it in recent years.