Featuring Dov S. Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Kate Brannen, Senior Reporter, Foreign Policy.
In the new issue of Regulation, economist Pierre Lemieux argues that the recent oil price decline is at least partly the result of increased supply from the extraction of shale oil. The increased supply allows the economy to produce more goods, which benefits some people, if not all of them. Thus, contrary to some commentary in the press, cheaper oil prices cannot harm the economy as a whole.
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 James Gwartney, Coauthor, Economic Freedom of the World: 2007 Annual Report (Fraser Institute and Cato Institute, 2007) and Simeon Djankov, Lead Author, Doing Business 2008 (World Bank, 2007).
Nations that are economically free outperform less-free nations on indicators of human well-being. James Gwartney will discuss trends in economic liberty around the world and ways in which such freedom spreads. Simeon Djankov will review the latest findings on how bureaucracy, high taxes and the ability to register property in developing countries affect growth, the size of the informal sector and the participation of women in the economy. He will also explain how countries as diverse as Egypt, Croatia, and Georgia are reform leaders in the World Bank’s latest index on the ease of doing business.