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 David Salisbury, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Charles Glenn, Professor of Education, Administration, Training, and Policy Studies, Boston University; and James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle, England
Parents in many other countries enjoy more freedom of choice in education than Americans do. In Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and the Netherlands, parents can choose private, even religious, schools without incurring any financial penalty. School choice policies in those countries offer some surprising lessons for America. Although there is more choice, increased regulations in some countries have decreased the independence and autonomy of private schools.
This conference will examine school choice policies around the world and seek to draw out critical lessons for the school choice movement in America. A select group of international scholars will examine to what degree school choice policies have increased government control or encouraged competitive, free, and thriving education markets.