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 Adam Lerrick, Gailliot Center for Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Michael Hadjimichael, International Monetary Fund; Ian Vásquez, Cato Institute.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have identified 41 poor countries whose debt burdens have grown too onerous to pay back. The lending agencies have begun reducing the debt of some of those countries and are asking rich nations to provide additional funds to the $28 billion initiative. Michael Hadjimichael will explain how the plan will help get countries on the path to self-sustaining growth and how it will assure that new funds are spent wisely. Adam Lerrick will question whether the initiative goes far enough and will explain why the lending agencies have plenty of their own resources to pay for debt they cannot collect. Ian Vásquez will explain why he favors debt relief but not the IMF and World Bank initiative.