Featuring the author Philip Klein, Commentary Editor, Washington Examiner; with comments by Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institution; Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director, The 2017 Project; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, 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 Dr. Wade Horn *, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Jenifer Zeigler, Welfare Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Jon Hobbs, National Director of Welfare Reform Initiatives, American Institute for Full Employment; and Mark Greenberg, Director of Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy.
In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was signed into law, and the nation waited to see if welfare reform would truly “end welfare as we know it.” Through block grant funding and administrative devolution, states finally had a chance to move beyond pilot programs and prove they could transition people off welfare more efficiently and effectively than the federal government. In a new Cato Policy Analysis, Jenifer Zeigler grades the states on their policy choices regarding welfare reform implementation—rewarding choices that encourage personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Join us for a review of the state grades and a discussion of how states handled the challenges of welfare reform and are preparing for the future under welfare reauthorization.