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 William Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute; Michael Tanner, Director
Cato Institute Project on Social Security Choice; Jagadeesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow,
For deficit hawks from both parties, Social Security reform appears to force difficult choices. The current system faces an $11.9 trillion short fall. Personal accounts will save trillions but require cash up-front. Three experts from the Cato Institute will examine the budgetary issues surrounding Social Security reform and whether personal accounts can be created in a fiscally responsible way.