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 Robert Pozen, Chairman, MFS Investment Management, Member, President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security; Jason Furman, Adjunct Professor, New York University; David John, Research Fellow, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, and moderated by Michael D. Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies, Cato Institute
President Bush has endorsed a proposal to slow the growth in future Social Security benefits for middle- and upper-income retirees by changing the benefit formula from wage indexing to price indexing. Critics charge that such a change will weaken Social Security’s foundations while hitting the middle class hardest. Supporters claim it is a fair way to bring Social Security’s promised benefits in line with what can actually be paid. Join us as Robert Pozen, author of the progressive price-indexing concept, and two other experts discuss the impact of this proposal.