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 Regina Vargo, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas; and Hernán Büchi, Former Minister of Finance, Chile.
The recently negotiated U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement promises to immediately eliminate tariffs on 85 percent of goods traded between the two countries and on much of the remainder in four years. If passed, it may signal the beginning of a new phase of trade liberalization in the region. Regina Vargo, lead negotiator of the U.S.-Chile FTA, will describe what the treaty covers and how it fits into other U.S. trade initiatives in the Americas. Hernán Büchi will explain how the agreement benefits Chile and its importance to Latin America at a time when much of the region is experiencing political and economic uncertainty.