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 Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals; Harvey Silverglate, Silverglate & Good; David Frum, Senior Fellow Manhattan Institute; and Jarett Decker, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute.
Earlier this year, the governor of Illinois, George Ryan, declared a moratorium on executions, citing concerns about his state’s “shameful record of convicting innocent people and putting them on death row.” That move has rekindled the long standing debate over capital punishment. Does the Illinois experience show that the danger of mistaken executions is higher than we ever imagined–or is that danger grossly exaggerated? Should death penalty procedures be reformed–or should capital punishment be abolished completely? Please join us for a sober discussion of these issues.