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 Patrick Michaels with comments by John Fialka and Seth Borenstein
The debate about global climate change is heating up again. Vice President Al Gore continues to hammer away at the need to control greenhouse gas emissions while the next scientific report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is being prepared for release early next year. Patrick Michaels, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and coauthor of a new book on global warming, discussed the present state of both the scientific and political debates surrounding climate change. Environmental journalists John Fialka of the Wall Street Journal and Seth Borenstein of Knight-Ridder led the discussion thereafter.