Tagged: paternalism

Some sense on vaping - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 15, 2015

Here's public health Associate Professor Marewa Glover:There are now more ex-smoking vapers helping smokers to quit than there are paid smoking cessation practitioners. Meanwhile, Government-paid smoking cessation workers peddle their patches and gum, sprays and meds, and insist upon smokers attending group therapy.If the Government and public health advocates stuck to a precautionary approach we could almost forgive them, … Read More

All your health is belong to us - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 02, 2015

If the one paying the piper calls the tune, be careful who you let pay for dinner.Britain's NHS is considering rationing healthcare by a measure of deservingness. Here's The Guardian:The NHS plans to dramatically increase rationing of patients’ access to care and treatment in an effort to balance its books, a new survey of health bosses reveals.Almost two in five … Read More

Information failure? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 03, 2014

Last week's column for Insights argued against Obama's new regulations mandating calorie counts on standard menu items at large chains. A snippet:The costs of mandatory calorie counts are pretty obvious. In addition to the usual labelling costs, they also make menus a lot more rigid. For places like McDonald’s, it’s pretty easy.Standard menu items across thousands of locations make … Read More

Werewolf - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 07, 2014

I reprised paternalism and public health in a column at Werewolf; I'm to be contributing a column there on an ongoing basis. Read the whole thing; here's a snippet.In the absence of strong evidence to the contrary, economists, myself included, generally expect that, on average and in most cases, people make the best decisions they can given the information … Read More

Microeconomist Club has rules - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2013

First rule of Microeconomist Club: commit yourself to methodological individualism and respect the world's rich diversity of utility functions. Consider that others' actions may be inspired by the optimisation of a utility function the likes of which is beyond your ken. Second rule of Microeconomist Club: cast into the outer darkness those doing violence to the first rule. Read More

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