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 Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute, Director, Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies
Congress should be starting the new year with a bang when it begins confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito. With opposition groups unveiling their game plans and promising to do “whatever it takes” to block confirmation, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be hard-pressed to stay focused on the important issues before it and the nation. To get a head start on those issues, please join us for a frank discussion of the politics and law of the upcoming hearings, led by Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review.