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 Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Gregory Nojeim, Senior Counsel, The Center for Democracy and Technology; Jena Baker McNeill, Homeland Security Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; and Richard Samp, Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation. Moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
Congress is presently moving to renew several provisions of the USA Patriot Act that are set to expire on December 31. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been urging members of Congress to renew the provisions because they provide FBI agents with exceptional powers that can help to uncover terrorist plots. Civil liberties advocates have long maintained that the Patriot Act goes too far and tramples privacy and constitutional principles. The Patriot Act contains scores of provisions—which ones ought to be renewed, revised, or repealed? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of this controversial law.