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 Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Tad DeHaven, Budget Analyst, Cato Institute; moderated by Laura Odato, Manager of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.
The Obama administration is scheduled to release its FY2013 federal budget this month. The budget is likely to include high levels of spending, huge deficits, and various tax increases. Which federal agencies would win and lose under the plan, and how would the tax and spending changes affect the economy? Will Democrats in Congress embrace the administration’s proposals, and do House Republicans have a better plan? How will the scheduled “sequester” cuts affect the budget picture? Join us for a discussion with Cato fiscal experts, who will explore the new budget and the upcoming fiscal battles in Congress.