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 Daniel Griswold, Cato Institute; William R. Hawkins, U.S. Business and Industry Council; Loren Thompson, Lexington Institute; Malcolm Wallop, Former U.S. Senator; moderated by Charles V. Peña, Cato Institute.
The Marine One helicopter might be the most recognizable symbol of the president of the United States. After 30 years of service, the current fleet of helicopters is due to be replaced. The contract is worth $1.6 billion and could mean an additional $8 billion in helicopters for the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Department of Homeland Security for the winner. By law, at least 50 percent of a U.S. weapon system must be made in America. Both Sikorsky’s All American Team and Lockheed Martin’s US101 team are engaged in a fierce competition to portray themselves as being more American than the other. How much should “buy American” be a factor in this or any other defense procurement? Is such an approach a sound economic and trade policy in a globalized economy? What are the other factors that should determine which design is better? What are the consequences if the best design has foreign involvement?