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 Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc.; Jagadeesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor, turns 40 this year. It has grown larger than Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly, and eclipses elementary and secondary education spending in most state budgets. Congress has agreed to trim $10 billion from the federal Medicaid budget over the next five years, a Medicaid Advisory Commission has been created to propose short- and long-term reforms, and many state legislatures are crafting Medicaid reform plans of their own. Our panelists will discuss the Medicaid cost explosion, Medicaid’s unseen costs and perverse incentives, and possible solutions to the long-term care crisis in Medicaid.