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 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.