August 26, 2012
Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Russell Roberts of George Mason University and the Hoover Institution for the final installment of her series of interviews with top economists.
1. Role of government
Ask of the right, you say that government should be smaller, what functions of the government do you argue could be "better" conducted by the private sector.
Ask of the left, you say government should be larger, what functions of the private sector do you argue could be better conducted by the public sector.
2. Deal with demographic challenge.
How do we deal with the challenge of entitlement spending.
3. Fiscal cliff - deal with the ongoing budget deficit.
How would your economic plan close the ongoing 1 trillion dollar budget deficit?
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