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 Kenneth Allard, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.); Charles Peña, Cato Institute; John Hulsman, Heritage Foundation; and Donald Devine, ConservativeBattleline.com.
President Bush has asserted that the violence in Iraq should be seen as a sign of progress because it shows the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. He has also vowed that the United States will stay the course in Iraq. As we pass the UN Security Council deadline for the Iraqi Governing Council to present a timeline for drafting a constitution and holding elections, join us for a discussion of America’s progress in Iraq and prospects for the future. What are the military requirements for suppressing the insurgency? Do military requirements and larger political objectives conflict? Is Iraq any closer to self-government or democracy? How does the U.S. military presence in Iraq make America safer? What is the exit strategy?