Featured Events

October 23

Challenging the Status Quo: The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives

Challenging the Status Quo: The Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives

When the Federal Reserve was founded in 1913, it was with the purpose of providing for a stable monetary and financial system. However, the Great Depression, the Great Inflation, and the Panic of 2008 serve as serious reminders of the Fed’s failure to achieve its original mission. Yet, despite this record, the Fed’s regulation of the economy has expanded. After a century, it is time to judge the Federal Reserve’s history and evaluate alternatives to central banking. To that end, the Cato Institute has established the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, which will focus on the development of policy recommendations that will create a more free-market monetary system in the United States. Please join Cato’s scholars for a discussion on how the Cato Institute’s new center seeks to educate the public and elected officials on the need for a monetary system that is consistent with the rule of law and genuine competition.

October 7

War without Debate: The Constitution, Intervention, and the Strikes against ISIS

War without Debate: The Constitution, Intervention, and the Strikes against ISIS

When Congress authorized the arming and training of Syrian moderates to combat ISIS, it explicitly stated that this action should not be construed as an authorization for the introduction of U.S.armed forces into hostilities. Yet, on the orders of President Obama, the United States has begun bombing ISIS targets within Syria. Did the president violate the Constitution, which grants Congress the exclusive power to “declare War”? If intervention is in America’s national security interest, how should the mission be defined and how should it be achieved?

October 1

Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles
Balance sheet crises, in which the prices of widely held and highly leveraged assets collapse, pose distinctive economic challenges. In what promises to be a deeply insightful event, authors Vernon L. Smith and Steven D. Gjerstad will discuss their new book Rethinking Housing Bubbles. Their book examines causes and consequences, and with both authors’ well-known backgrounds in experimental economics, analyzes the events that led to and resulted from the recent U.S. housing bubble as a case study in the formation and propagation of balance sheet crises. The book also examines all previous downturns in the U.S. economy and documents substantive differences between the recurrent features of economic cycles and financial crises and the beliefs that public officials hold about them, especially within the Federal Reserve System. The book concludes with an examination of similar events in other countries and assesses alternative strategies to contain financial crises and to recover from them. Please join us for what promises to be a substantive, highly compelling discussion from two recognized authorities.

Past Events

October 30

Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?

Featuring Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General; Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General; Robert Barnes, The Washington Post; Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; David Ziff, University of Washington School of Law; Brianne Gorod, Constitutional Accountability Center; James Blumstein, Vanderbilt University; Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute; Len Nichols, George Mason University; Tom Miller, American Enterprise Institute; Robert Laszewski, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC; and Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post.

October 29

Peace, Love, & Liberty: The Path to Less War and More Peace

Featuring Tom Palmer, Editor, Peace, Love, & Liberty, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Executive Vice President of International Programs, Atlas Foundation; with comments by Clark Ruper, Vice President, Students for Liberty; moderated by Chip Bishop, Director of Student Programs, Cato Institute.

October 28

Ranking Economic Freedom around the World

Ranking Economic Freedom around the World

Featuring a presentation and live discussion with Ian Vasquez, Director of the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia.