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The Ups and Downs of Weight-Loss Surgery

That is the subject of our most recent Times Magazine column, with some background research and other related material posted here. As in many of our columns, we pair a particular subject (in this case, weight-loss — a.k.a. bariatric — surgery) with an economics concept (in this case, a commitment device). Sometimes these pairings can be a bit of a stretch, but in the realm of weight loss, commitment devices are nearly always a part of the plan.