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 Robert Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; and Gene Healy, Senior Editor, Cato Institute.
For more than a quarter-century, the District of Columbia government has enforced one of the most draconian gun control regimes in the nation — effectively forbidding D.C. residents from keeping functional firearms within their own homes. Yet violent criminals continue to carry guns, and the law-abiding citizens whom the District has disarmed are at their mercy. Recently, six District residents brought suit in federal court seeking to vindicate their Second Amendment rights. Please join us to hear from two of their attorneys on the meaning of the Second Amendment, the theory behind the lawsuit, and the prospects for success.