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 Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Shirley Ybarra, Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation; Gabriel Roth, Author, Roads in a Market Economy; moderated by Laura Renz, Government Affairs Manager, Cato Institute.
As Congress considers its options for surface transportation, the big question is, How will we pay for all of our transportation needs? One answer is transportation privatization. Shirley Ybarra, former secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will describe actual examples of public-private partnerships. Gabriel Roth will discuss the pros and cons of highway privatization, and Randal O’Toole, author of Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do about It, will focus on transit privatization.