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 Swaminathan Aiyar, Research Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Surjit Bhalla, Managing Director, Oxus Research and Investments; and Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Twenty years ago this summer, India introduced major economic reforms that have led to sustained high growth, reductions in mass poverty, and an ongoing transformation of Indian society. Swaminathan Aiyar will describe the key reforms and why they were politically possible. Surjit Bhalla, one of the world’s leading experts on growth and poverty, will discuss the social impact of liberalization, including the dramatic rise of the middle class. Arvind Panagariya will stress the need for further modernization and highlight pressing items on India’s unfinished reform agenda. All three speakers will assess the probability of future high growth and reform.