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 Lewis Andrews, Yankee Institute for Public Policy; Andrew Coulson, Mackinac Center; John Merrifield, University of Texas—
San Antonio; with comments by Patrick Wolf, Georgetown University; and moderated by David Salisbury, Cato Institute
Its opponents like to portray school choice as a radical and untested gamble with our children’s futures. They might be surprised, however, to learn that school choice is an established reality in other countries. Chile, Sweden, and the Netherlands are among several countries that allow parents freedom to choose the kind of school that is best for their own children. In a new Cato book, scholars examine other countries’ experiences with school choice and draw out the critical lessons for America. Please join us for a discussion of the book with several of the contributors. Patrick Wolf, author of Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice, will offer additional insights and observations about school choice policies in other countries.