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 Gary Wolfram, George Munson Professor of Political Economy, Hillsdale College; Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Krista Kafer, Senior Education Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation; and moderated by Neal McCluskey, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
College tuition has been skyrocketing for decades, and no end is in sight. In the name of keeping college within reach of low-and middle-income families, the federal government provides many financial aid programs. Ironically, federal aid keeps tuition high by enabling colleges and universities to constantly raise prices. Reducing federal aid would force tuition down and stimulate increases in private-sector college assistance. Please join us for a briefing on how, with the Higher Education Act due to be reauthorized this year, Congress has the opportunity to help college-bound students by reducing federal tuition aid.