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.
Transit agencies regularly splurge on expensive but little-used rail transit lines, then declare them to be great successes. And for good reason: if they admitted that federally subsidized rail lines were failures and quit running them, they would have to reimburse the feds. How can you know whether a rail transit line is really successful or whether the transit agency is trying to avoid admitting that it wasted so much money? To answer this question, Cato scholar Randal O’Toole developed six different tests, including profitability and effects on ridership, and used them to evaluate more than 70 rail transit systems in dozens of cities. Please join Randal O’Toole and Ron Utt of the Heritage Foundation to discuss how rail transit measures up and how it affects urban mobility.