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Cato- Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers

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Cato- Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers
January 17, 2013 12:00 pm
January 17, 2013 2:00 pm
Cato Institute
December 17, 2012
Cato Institute HQ
1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, DC, 20001, United States

Featuring the authors Wayne Leighton, Professor of Economics, Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala; and Edward Lopez, BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University; with comments by Fred Smith, Founder and Chairman, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Moderated by Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

About the event - What causes policy reform? And why do policies that impose net costs on society persist in democracies for long periods of time even though better alternatives are available and well known? Authors Wayne Leighton and Edward Lopez will explain what scholarship and the real world tell us about making change happen. Using examples from the United States, they will describe how ideas, rules, and incentives interact and how intellectual and policy entrepreneurs find ways of changing society’s institutions — for better and for worse. Fred Smith will comment on the authors’ prescriptions for setting up good rules and their upbeat outlook for advancing reform.


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