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 A. Hyman, Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Illinois and Edmund F. Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation. Moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
The Massachusetts health care reforms signed into law in 2006 by then-governor Mitt Romney have become a point of contention among free-market advocates and in the Republican presidential campaign. Please join us for a discussion of these reforms. David Hyman will present a new Cato Institute study, “The Massachusetts Health Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” with comments by Ed Haislmaier, one of the chief architects of the Massachusetts health plan.