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 Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Orson Swindle, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission.
Without doubt, computer “spyware” is a serious problem. Just like spam, this Internet pathology frustrates consumers and costs time and money. What should the information technology industry do? What should Congress do? Though well-intentioned, proposals to outlaw spyware may be no more effective than the CAN-SPAM law. Proposed anti-spyware laws may divert attention from technological solutions, put federal bureaucrats in charge of software design, and suppress future innovation. Please join us for a briefing on Internet and software regulation, including alternatives that may be better for consumers.