Charting Public Transit’s Decline

Nationwide transit ridership has declined steadily since 2014, with some of the largest urban areas, including Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles, losing more than 20 percent of their transit riders in the last few years. In a new paper, Cato scholar Randal O’Toole shows how the supposed social, environmental, and economic development benefits of transit are negligible to nonexistent. “Federal, state, and local governments,” says O’Toole, “should withdraw subsidies to transit and allow private operators to take over where the demand still justifies mass transit operations.”

The ACA’s Pre-existing Condition Regulations Lose Support When the Public Learns the Cost

Days before the 2018 midterms, 68% of voters say that health care is very or extremely important to how they plan to vote in this year’s elections, according to a new Cato 2018 Health Care Survey of 2,498 Americans. The survey also finds that public support for pre-existing condition regulation drops from 65% in favor to less than half once trade-offs and costs are considered, which goes against the widespread perception among the political punditry that pre-existing condition regulations are necessarily and universally supported by voters across the political spectrum.

The “Protectionist Moment” That Wasn’t: American Views on Trade and Globalization

Recent polling results puncture the current conventional wisdom on trade and public opinion — in particular, that Americans have turned en masse against trade and globalization, and that President Donald Trump’s economic nationalism reflects the bottom-up policy demands of a silent majority of American voters. In a new paper, Cato scholar Scott Lincicome reviews the data and shows that United States’ recent implementation of protectionist tariff and trade policies has not been driven by intense public demands for such policies.

Walling Off Liberty: How Strict Immigration Enforcement Threatens Privacy and Local Policing

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed to aggressively ramp up immigration enforcement by implementing “extreme vetting,” building a wall along the southern border, cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” and creating a “deportation force.” A new paper by Cato scholar Matthew Feeney argues that there are ample reasons for concern over how such efforts will impact America’s law enforcement agencies and Americans’ civil liberties. Feeney suggests that policymakers can mitigate the risks of the immigration agenda by strengthening legal protections on the border and limiting federal involvement in state and local policing.

Recent Commentary

Don’t Hate Airbnb – Profit from It

Whether someone wants to rent their house on Airbnb or host a Ja Rule concert they should have the right to do so as long as they properly reimburse their neighbors for the externalities they create.

Hidden Tax Hikes on the Ballot

Millions of Americans will vote on state and local tax hikes on the November 6 ballot. They may not know that, however, because governments have disguised the hikes as “bond issues.”


November 30

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018

Featuring Jonah Goldberg, Fellow and Asness Chair in Applied Liberty, American Enterprise Institute, Author, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy; Peter Goettler, President and CEO, Cato Institute; Mustafa Akyol, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Ryan Bourne, R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute; and Caleb O. Brown Director of Multimedia and host of Cato Daily Podcast, Cato Institute.

10:30AM to 2:00PM CST
The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago

Of Special Note

Freedom: Art as the Messenger

Freedom: Art as the Messenger

The Cato Institute welcomes artists working in any medium to address the concept of Freedom: Art as the Messenger. We are living in an era where people are finding their combative voice but having little conversation or dialogue. The goal of this inaugural exhibition is to provide a medium for that conversation.

This exhibition invites all investigative points of view in all media; 2-D, 3-D, audio, and video. A full spectrum of interpretation is invited — whether personal, emotional, general, realistic or imagined, communal, or individual — addressing Freedom in all its manifestations through art.

Special! 10 Copies for $10

Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Now Available

Home Study Resources

The Cato Institute offers a wealth of online educational audio and video resources, from self-paced guides on the ideas of liberty and the principles of economics, to exclusive, archived lectures by thinkers such as Milton Friedman and F. A. Hayek. Browse through some highlights of our collections, for personal study or for use in the classroom.

36th Annual Monetary Conference: Monetary Policy 10 Years after the Crisis

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, we are again facing the possibility of economic turmoil as the Fed and other central banks exit their unconventional monetary policies. Although central banks will move gradually, unforeseen circumstances could trigger a flight to safety and a collapse of asset prices.