Save Me From Myself Redux


So, waay back in July, I mentioned in a piece on resurgent paternalism that Cal State economist (and erstwhile roomie) Glen Whitman had a fascinating Cato Policy Analysis in the works on the faddish "internalities" argument for paternalism (which is essentially "people are shortsighted and do stupid things sometimes" gussied up with sigmas). Well, the paper is now out and well worth a look. It makes a nice complement to "Paternalism and Psychology" by Harvard's Edward Glaeser.