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 the author Nat Hentoff, Columnist, Village Voice; with comments by Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation.
In his new book, Nat Hentoff decries the federal government’s assault on the civil liberties of Americans in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Patriot I, Patriot II, Operation TIPs, and the Total Information Awareness System share one common objective: increased domestic surveillance, with minimal judicial supervision. Hentoff also chronicles the rise of citizens’ groups that have been protesting government encroachment. Although there has been little coverage in the major media, “Bill of Rights Defense Committees” have now spread to nearly one hundred cities and towns nationwide. Please join us for a discussion of how the federal government has been responding to the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.