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 June E. O’Neill, Former CBO Director and Wollman Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Business and Government, Baruch College, City University of New York; and Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
The 2006 Census Bureau estimate of 47 million uninsured Americans is often cited as a reason that health care reform is necessary. But who makes up this 47 million? Is it fair to lump all uninsured individuals into one statistic? Building on her recent Employment Policies Institute paper Who are the Uninsured? former CBO director June O’Neill will discuss the characteristics of the uninsured population and what being uninsured means for individuals’ health status. Cato scholar Michael Tanner will comment on O’Neill’s findings.