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: Alan Oxley, Chairman, World Growth, Former Chairman of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT); with comments by Donald R. Sherk,
Program Officer for Africa, Center for International Private Enterprise, Former U.S. Executive Director, African Development Bank; and moderated by Marian Tupy, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
Advocates of sustainable development argue for a balance between economic growth and environmental protection. But, Alan Oxley argues, poor countries are increasingly urged to follow policies that undermine their growth. That is due partly to advocacy of anti-growth policies by nongovernmental organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund, and partly to the adoption of similar advice by international bodies, such as the World Bank and the European Union. Donald Sherk will discuss the relationship between NGOs and African governments.