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Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an Oxymoron
The idea of libertarian paternalism might seem to be an oxymoron, but it is both possible and legitimate for private and public institutions to affect behavior while also respecting freedom of choice. Often people’s ...
Statistics, Not Experts
(Duke University School of Law, 2001)
Introduction to Symposium: Homo Economicus, Homo Myopicus, and the Law and Economics of Consumer Choice
(University of Chicago Press, 2006)
In law and politics, some people are trimmers. They attempt to steer between the poles. Trimming might be defended as a heuristic for what is right, as a means of reducing political conflict over especially controversial ...
Are Poor People Worth Less Than Rich People? Disaggregating the Value of Statistical Lives
Each government agency uses a uniform figure to measure the value of a statistical life. This is a serious mistake. The very theory that underlies current practice calls for far more individuation of the relevant values. ...
On the Tension between Sex Equality and Religious Freedom
When, if ever, is it legitimate for law to ban sex discrimination by religious institutions? It is best to approach this question by noticing that most of the time, ordinary civil and criminal law are legitimately applied ...
The Precautionary Principle as a Basis for Decision Making
(Economists' Voice, 2005)
Over the coming decades, the increasingly popular “precautionary principle” is likely to have a significant impact on policies all over the world. Applying this principle could lead to dramatic changes in decision making. ...
Deliberating about Dollars: The Severity Shift
How does jury deliberation affect the pre-deliberation judgments of individual jurors? In this paper we make progress on that question by reporting the results of a study of over 500 mock juries composed of over 3000 jury ...
The Arithmetic of Arsenic
What does cost-benefit mean, or do, in actual practice? When agencies are engaging in cost-benefit balancing, what are the interactions among law, science, and economics? This Article attempts to answer that question by ...
(American Economic Association, 2003)