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 John Goodman, President, National Center for Policy Analysis; and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University, and Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis. With comments by
William Poole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Moderated by
William A. Niskanen, Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Economist, Cato Institute.
The Obama administration is expected to propose a comprehensive reform of the American financial system some time in June. Goodman and Kotlikoff find the administration’s financial strategy — fighting each financial fire one by one and rebuilding the old system pretty much as it was — deeply misguided. It treats the symptoms, not the disease, and will leave us financially and fiscally weaker. It is more important to offer a solution based on a simple principle: no one should be able to gamble with other people’s money, including the taxpayers’ money, without their consent.