Moving Toward Comprehensibility in the Legal System

We need to extend and expand an overdue conversation about clarity in the U.S. legal system.

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The Elusive Pursuit of Comprehensibility

Simplified communication may not fix incomprehensible disclosures.

Machine Learning Could Make Government More Incomprehensible

Misaligned incentives can encourage incomprehensibility.

The Tax Law System is Only Incomprehensible to Some

Cooperative communication between the Internal Revenue Service and taxpayers would improve the comprehensibility of taxation.

Incomprehensibility is a Trust Problem

Agencies and stakeholders have incentives to speak to each other incomprehensibly.

Incomprehensibility and the Law

The law needs not only to correct information asymmetries but comprehension asymmetries too.

Creating Incentives for Regulatory Comprehensibility

Scholars comment on a new book that advocates greater simplicity and clarity in the expression of laws and regulations.

A Power of Monumental Proportions

Presidents can create national monuments, but a debate rages over whether they can modify them.

Trump’s Regulatory Budgeting Experiment Has Categorically Failed

The Trump Administration’s 1-in-2-out policy is more of an ineffective symbol than an action toward deregulation.

Persuading for Privacy

Pressure mounts for Congress to come to bipartisan agreement on privacy.

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The Value of a Statistical Life is Not Efficient

Over-reliance on the VSL measure often leads to excessive consideration and regulation of risk.

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Efficient Risk Regulations Do Not Increase Risks

As a practical matter, the VSL is successful in balancing the benefits and costs of regulation.