When should we force people to do things and when not?

This post on EconLog is about Megan McArdle’s simple solution to solve the problem of too many people not having enough funds for retirement: force everyone to save between 10 and 15 percent of their income in safe retirement investments.

I have a question for her and anyone who thinks that’s a good idea. What determines whether we should force people to do things and when we shouldn’t?

 

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