All Essays

Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis

Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis

Social welfare function incorporates distributional considerations into policy analysis.

Week in Review

Week in Review

Anti-smoking campaign, SEC probe of pre-IPO trading, inquiry into European telecom operators, and more.

Nudging Smokers Away from Tobacco Risks

Nudging Smokers Away from Tobacco Risks

Tobacco regulation increasingly takes a behavioral turn.

Religious Liberty Advocates Challenge Contraception Mandate

Religious Liberty Advocates Challenge Contraception Mandate

The Becket Fund claims Obama’s health care regulation violates federal law.

Clearer Framing Needed for “Open Government”

Clearer Framing Needed for “Open Government”

Open government debate needs to separate politics from technology.

Public Consultation and Legalized Detention in China

Public Consultation and Legalized Detention in China

Open comment period helps steer China away from legalizing “residential surveillance.”

Week in Review

Week in Review

White House transparency website launched, new guidelines issued for human subjects in clinical trials, investor Stanford convicted, and more.

The Proper Limits of the Congressional Regulatory Veto

The Proper Limits of the Congressional Regulatory Veto

The CRA’s ban on issuing “substantially similar” rules has been misunderstood

Pennsylvania’s SNAP Asset Test Will Backfire

Pennsylvania’s SNAP Asset Test Will Backfire

The test will be expensive and discourage efforts to become financially independent.

Environmental Regulation Should Not Distort Competition

Environmental Regulation Should Not Distort Competition

Policy makers must consider how environmental regulation affects markets.

Reconciling Cost-Benefit Analysis with the Precautionary Principle

Reconciling Cost-Benefit Analysis with the Precautionary Principle

CBA methodology can respond to societal risk-aversion.

Court Misapplies First Amendment to Strike Down FDA Cigarette Warning Labels

Court Misapplies First Amendment to Strike Down FDA Cigarette Warning Labels

A district court judge invents strict scrutiny requirement for commercial speech.