Featured Events

July 8

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform
A unanimous Supreme Court recently declared that that our networked mobile devices merit the highest level of Fourth Amendment protection against government searches, since these devices often contain more sensitive information than even “the most exhaustive search of a house” would reveal. Yet increasingly, the vast troves of personal data they contain are synched to “the cloud,” where the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 allows many types of information to be accessed without a warrant.  The need to bring the law up to date has been recognized not only by privacy advocates, but major technology companies, more than half of the House of Representatives, and even federal law enforcement officials. Join us for a lively discussion of how and why to drag federal privacy law into the 21st century, with keynote remarks by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and a panel discussion featuring both policy experts and representatives of the tech firms we increasingly entrust with our most private data.

June 19

Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do about It

Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do about It

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In Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy, Steve Forbes and coauthor Elizabeth Ames explain how the lack of any anchor for the U.S. dollar after President Nixon closed the gold window in August 1971 has increased uncertainty and put us on a pure discretionary government fiat money system. The Federal Reserve, now in its 100th year of operation, has become a central bank that serves as the fiscal agent of a profligate government, not the guardian of sound money. The authors argue that the 2008 financial crisis would not have occurred under a true gold standard, nor would government have become the bloated Leviathan it now is. They advocate returning to the hallmark of a liberal economic order — namely, a stable-valued dollar convertible into gold.

July 16 - July 17

After Dodd-Frank: The Future of Financial Markets

Four years after the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was signed into law, there are many open questions about what the Act has achieved and what lies ahead for the U.S. financial system. This two-day conference, hosted jointly by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Cato Institute, explores some of the most hotly debated aspects of financial regulation and policies to improve financial markets in a post-Dodd-Frank world.

Free of charge. REGISTER for either or both days.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional speakers, including Keynote addresses, once confirmed, will be added to schedule below over the next several weeks.

 

July 16 * The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

10:00 a.m. Registration
10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Daniel M. Rothschild, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Opening Keynote Address

John H. Cochrane, AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PANEL I: Economic Analysis: Improving Transparency, Accountability, and Expertise in the Regulatory Process

Sharon Brown-Hruska, Vice President, National Economic Research Associates and Visiting Professor of Finance, Tulane University
John Coates, Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School
Jerry Ellig, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
Moderator: Stephen Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Luncheon & Featured Roundtable Discussion

The Future of Financial Markets: A Conversation with the Regulators

Daniel M. Gallagher, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Jeremiah O. Norton, Member, Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Scott D. O’Malia, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. PANEL II: The Meta-Regulators: Creating a Resilient Financial System

Thomas L. Hogan, Assistant Professor of Finance and Member, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University
Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor and Director, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School
Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center
Moderator: Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman, House Financial Services Committee
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reception

 

July 17 * The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

 

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

John Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Address

Richard Kovacevich, Chairman Emeritus, Wells Fargo & Company
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. PANEL I: Rethinking Systemic Risk: Does the Perception Still Exist that Some Institutions Are Too Big to Fail?

Stuart Plesser, Senior Director, Standard & Poor’s
Martin Hutchinson, Author, Alchemists of Loss
Andrew Olmem, Partner, Venable LLP and former Chief Counsel (Minority) and Deputy Staff Director at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Moderator: Louise Bennetts, Associate Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PANEL II: Consumer Finance: Risk, Protection and Moral Hazard

Raj Date, Managing Partner, Fenway Summer LLC
Kevin Villani, Executive Scholar, University of San Diego and Principal, University Financial Associates
Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law, George Mason University, and Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center
Moderator: Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote Address

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Member, House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. PANEL III: Housing Finance Reform: Which Way Forward?

Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
Laurie Goodman, Center Director, Housing Policy Finance Center, Urban Institute
Joshua Rosner, Author, Reckless Endangerment, Graham Fisher & Co.
Moderator: Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Reception

Past Events

July 9

The Kennan Diaries

The Kennan Diaries

Featuring the editor Frank Costigliola, Professor of History, University of Connecticut; moderated by Justin Logan, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

July 8

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That: The Path to Digital Privacy Reform

Featuring Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX); Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Center for Democracy & Technology, Project on Freedom, Security and Technology; Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director for Digital Liberty, Americans for Tax Reform; David Lieber, Privacy Counsel, Google; and Nate Jones, Attorney, Microsoft Corporation; moderated by Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.