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 Lewis Andrews, Yankee Institute for Public Policy; Andrew Coulson, Mackinac Center; John Merrifield, University of Texas—
San Antonio; with comments by Patrick Wolf, Georgetown University; and moderated by David Salisbury, Cato Institute
Its opponents like to portray school choice as a radical and untested gamble with our children’s futures. They might be surprised, however, to learn that school choice is an established reality in other countries. Chile, Sweden, and the Netherlands are among several countries that allow parents freedom to choose the kind of school that is best for their own children. In a new Cato book, scholars examine other countries’ experiences with school choice and draw out the critical lessons for America. Please join us for a discussion of the book with several of the contributors. Patrick Wolf, author of Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice, will offer additional insights and observations about school choice policies in other countries.