One Year into the TTIP Negotiations: Getting to Yes

We are now just over one year into the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and it is time for an evaluation of what has been achieved. Are the talks progressing as rapidly as hoped? Are the hurdles surmountable? Will this giant free-trade zone actually come to fruition?  A new bulletin from Cato scholar Simon Lester examines the current state of the TTIP talks relative to expectations and in the larger context of the world trading system.

The Financial Crisis: Why the Conventional Wisdom Has It All Wrong

Don’t believe for a moment those economic theorists who tell us the reason for our slow growth, economic malaise, and continued high unemployment is due to the uniqueness of a financially led economic recession. In the new issue of Cato Journal, Richard Kovacevich, Chairman Emeritus of Wells Fargo, outlines the political decisions and regulations that have contributed to the crisis and sluggish recovery.  Also in this issue, 2012 Friedman Prize winner Mao Yushi looks at the tragic legacy of China’s Great Famine, and 2014 Friedman Prize winner Leszek Balcerowicz discusses the main problems and proposed solutions with respect to the euro.

The Public’s Preference for Renewed Federalism

For much of its history, the United States had a notably decentralized government structure. Since the 1930s, the national government has undertaken new efforts to regulate the economy and society and to redistribute resources. Those new efforts have implied a greater centralization of authority in Washington. In the past the public often supported such centralization. However, according to a new study from Cato scholars John Samples and Emily McClintock Ekins, public opinion about federalism has changed. Voters are more supportive of decentralized policymaking on many issues where they previously supported a stronger national role.

The Most Dangerous World Ever?

Dire warnings about our uniquely dangerous world are ubiquitous. But do we actually live in a uniquely dangerous world? And, if we do not, why do we believe that we do?  In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar Christopher Preble puts today’s threats in perspective, and argues, “Tragic, even horrifying, stories of human suffering do not portend that we are living in a more dangerous world. In most respects, we are living longer, better lives.” Also in this issue, Cato chairman Robert A. Levy looks at the expansion of executive powers under President Obama.

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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.

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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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