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, Peter Brimelow; with comments by Jay Mathews, Washington Post.
The state of public education has been on the center stage of political discussion in America for years. There is widespread agreement that our school system needs a massive dose of innovation and reform. In his new book, Peter Brimelow argues that no educational reforms, however worthy, can work unless something is done about a central problem in the system: the teacher unions. Equating modern teacher unions with the monopolies and trusts that dominated headlines a century ago, The Worm in the Apple exposes teacher unions as a parasite that feeds off the school system. Brimelow paints an alarming picture of the vested interests that have damaged our nation’s schools and offers a clarion call to rescue both teachers and students from the grip of an outdated, overgrown bureaucracy. He will also outline his prescription for changing the situation. Jay Mathews will provide his perspective and critique of Brimelow’s book.