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 Rep. Jim Cooper
(D-Tennessee), Policy Chairman, Blue Dog Coalition, Stephen Slivinski, Director of Budget Studies, Cato Institute and Jagadeesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
On Capitol Hill today there is a hesitancy to address the growth of big government. Yet mounting deficits caused primarily by massive spending hikes threaten to endanger the economic potential of future generations. The creation of expensive new entitlements—like President Bush’s Medicare drug benefit—only makes the problem worse. Meanwhile, members of both parties ignore the need to reform entitlement programs and restrain spending. Excellent ideas to reform the budget process have been proposed by fiscal conservatives on each side of the aisle, but they sit mostly untouched by members of Congress.