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 Vance Fried, Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University; M. Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
President Obama wants the United States to lead the world in college attainment by 2020. Arguably the biggest obstacle standing in the way of that is rampant tuition inflation, which pushes prices to increasingly astronomical heights. Ironically, as a new Cato analysis by Professor Vance Fried lays bare, federal programs intended to make college more affordable are likely fueling this hyperinflation, enabling all colleges — both for-profit and putatively nonprofit — to make big bucks off of undergrads. Please join us for a frank discussion about the effect of federal funding in higher education and how to make the ivory tower as lean and effective as possible.