Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Partially autonomous vehicles that can take over some driving functions, such as steering and speed control, are on the market today. Highly autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves in most situations should be available for sale in less than a decade. Fully autonomous vehicles that won’t even have an option for a human driver will be available within a decade after that.  In a new paper, Cato scholar Randal O’Toole argues that legislators and other policymakers should change the way they view transportation, and offers recommendations that should be considered before they make long-range decisions relating to transportation and land use.

Cato Announces Newly Expanded Center for the Study of Science

The Cato Institute is pleased to announce the expansion of its Center for the Study of Science. Founded in 2012, the Center for the Study of Science was created to provide market-based ideas that could transition policy regarding energy consumption, environmental standards, and other science-related issues away from government planners. The Center for the Study of Science will seek to provide a credible source for media and members of the public who want a fresh perspective on scientific claims made by government and other research organizations. Research areas will include energy use and taxation; use of government subsidies; global warming; and overall environmental regulation.

Opening the Skies: Put Free Trade in Airline Services on the Transatlantic Trade Agenda

The EU and the United States began negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in 2013, with the primary goals of reducing impediments to cross-border trade and investment and achieving greater economic integration between the two areas. Curiously, there has been a near absence of discussion in the TTIP negotiations of freeing trade and investment in commercial airline services.  In a new study, transportation policy expert Kenneth J. Button argues that the objections to liberalization lack genuine merit, offers insights into how U.S. airline passengers and businesses would benefit from opening the domestic air market to competition, and urges the U.S. and EU governments to put free trade in commercial air services on the TTIP negotiating agenda.

Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women

Approximately 80 percent of garment factory workers in Bangladesh are female, and available data suggest that around 15 percent of women nationwide between the ages of 16 and 30 work in the garment industry. New research from Rachel Heath and A. Mushfiq Mobarak documents the effects of the remarkable growth of this sector in Bangladesh on the lives of Bangladeshi women.  Heath and Mobarak find that access to factory jobs significantly lowers the risk of early marriage and childbirth for girls in Bangladesh, and this is due to both girls postponing marriage to work in factories and to girls staying in school at earlier ages.

Recent Commentary


September 29

Originalism and the Good Constitution

Featuring the authors John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University Law School; and Michael B. Rappaport, Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School; with comments by Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute; and Brianne Gorod, Appellate Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center; moderated by Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

September 30

Consumer Credit and the American Economy

Featuring the author Todd Zywicki, Professor, George Mason University School of Law; with comments by Anthony Yezer, Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University; and Heidi M. Schooner, Professor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America; moderated by Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

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32nd Annual Monetary Conference

32nd Annual Monetary Conference
Alternatives to Central Banking: Toward Free-Market Money

Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. — 6:15 p.m.

When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, its powers were limited and the U.S. was on the gold standard. Today the Fed has virtually unlimited power and the dollar has no backing. Leading scholars and advocates for fundamental monetary reform will discuss the case for sound money and the reforms needed to realize it.

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