Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring the authors Kevin Dowd, Pensions Institute, Cass Business School, City University London; and Martin Hutchinson, The Bear’s Lair; with comments by Anthony Sanders, George Mason University; moderated by Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
Disasters are generally caused by bad ideas. There was the theory that government should guarantee housing loans and that the Federal Reserve could inflate our way to prosperity. There were the regulators, who thought risk could be eliminated by 1,000-page rulebooks. And there were the academics, who thought capitalism with massive debt and “scientific management” control was just as good as the real thing. In Alchemists of Loss, authors Kevin Dowd and Martin Hutchinson take each to task and show how all combined in bringing our financial markets to the brink.