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 Julia Latynina, Independent journalist, Russia. Moderated by Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Proclaimed an energy superpower, Russia under Vladimir Putin received more than $1 trillion in revenues from oil and gas. The bonanza brought the country’s elite Swiss watches, villas on the Cote-d’Azur, and British football clubs. The Russian president has thirteen private residences and is building a dozen more. Julia Latynina, one of Russia’s leading independent journalists, will explain that while Russia may have surpassed the United States on some such measures, the country’s new wealth has not brought internal peace, functioning state institutions, or a modern economy. Instead, Russia has become the world’s largest exporter of corruption and the largest importer of legal services from the European Court of Human Rights. Please join us for this discussion on the current nature of Russia’s social order.