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Escaping Paternalism Book Club Round-up

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RELATED CONTENT By Maria Pia Paganelli Put Away the Puppets A Book Review of Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy, by Mario J. Rizzo and Glen Whitman.1 Are you saving enough for retirement? How do you know? How can I tell? What if there is a benchmark against which to compare your savings? If you meet it, all is well. But what if you do not? Should you? And if you should, but you do not, why don't you? Maybe someone should make sure you meet that benchmark, since you are unable to do it on your own, even tho...

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Put Away the Puppets

A Book Review of Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy, by Mario J. Rizzo and Glen Whitman.1 Are you saving enough for retirement? How do you know? How can I tell? What if there is a benchmark against which to compare your savings? If you meet it, all is well. But what if you do not? Should you? And if you should, but you do not, why don't you? Maybe someone should make sure you meet that benchmark, since you are unable to do it on your own, even tho...

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Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He has published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and has appeared on 20/20, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. Bryan Caplan blogs on EconLog.

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