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October 9

Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons - Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth

Featuring Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute; Neil G. Ruiz, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Law, Economics, and Finance, George Washington University Law School; and Sam Batkins, Director of Regulatory Policy, American Action Forum; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:00PM B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

October 12

Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise?

Featuring Susan Aaronson, George Washington University; Ted Alden, Council on Foreign Relations; Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris & NYU Law; Inu Barbee, Georgetown University; Laura Baughman, Trade Partnership; Axel Berger, The German Development Institute; Marjorie Chorlins, European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Iana Dreyer, Borderlex; Michelle Egan, American University; Fredrik Erixon, ECIPE; Gabriel Felbermayr, Ifo Institute; Daniel J. Ikenson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Jim Kolbe, German Marshall Fund; Simon Lester, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Phil Levy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Hanna Norberg,; Daniel R. Pearson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Peter Rashish, Transnational Strategy Group; Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Gabriel Siles-Brügge, University of Manchester; Harsha V. Singh, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; Bill Watson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

8:30AM to 5:30PM Hayek Auditorium