Found 50 article(s) for author 'Cass Sunstein'

Officials Have a Right to Procrastinate: Cass Sunstein (Correct)

Officials Have a Right to Procrastinate: Cass Sunstein (Correct). Cass Sunstein, June 10, 2014, Opinion. “There are all sorts of things people want the federal government to do — for example, reduce poverty, make highways safer, protect against workplace risks, safeguard privacy online, regulate their least favorite companies or, for that matter, engage in deregulation. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, federal officials often answer: “Not now.”…” May require purchase or user account. Link verified August 21, 2014

Tags: ,

Why worry about inequality?

Why worry about inequality? Cass Sunstein, May 15, 2014, Opinion. “Thomas Piketty’s improbable best-seller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has put that question in sharp relief. As just about everyone now knows, Piketty contends that over the next century, inequality is likely to grow. In response, he outlines a series of policies designed to reduce wealth at the very top of society, including a progressive income tax and a global wealth tax…” Link verified June 19, 2014

Tags: ,

The Regulatory Lookback

The Regulatory Lookback. Cass Sunstein, May 2014, Article. “Technocratic judgments can have a cooling function. An insistent focus on the facts, and on the likely consequences of policies, might soften political divisions and produce consensus. Within the federal government, cost-benefit analysis is a prominent example of the cooling function of technocracy. But when undertaken prospectively, such analysis is sometimes speculative and can be error prone. Moreover, circumstances sometimes change, sometimes in unanticipated ways…” Link

Tags: ,

The Limits of Quantification

The Limits of Quantification. Cass Sunstein, April 14, 2014, Paper. “The difficulty of quantifying benefits and costs is a recurrent one in both public policy and ordinary life. Much of the time, we cannot quantify the benefits of potential courses of action, or the costs, or both, and we must nonetheless decide whether and how to proceed. Under existing executive orders, agencies are generally required to quantify both benefits and costs, and (to the extent permitted by law) to show that the former justify the latter. But agencies are also permitted to consider factors that are difficult or impossible to quantify, such as human dignity and fairness, and also to consider factors that are not quantifiable because of the limits of existing knowledge…Link

Tags: , , , ,

Moneyball for State Regulators

Moneyball for State Regulators. Edward Glaeser, Cass Sunstein, March 29, 2014, Paper. “For over thirty years, Republican and Democratic presidents have required executive agencies to assess the costs and benefits of significant regulations, and to proceed only if the benefits justify the costs (to the extent permitted by law). The goals of the resulting processes have been to constrain unjustified regulation, to promote interagency coordination, and to allow a degree of centralized management of what can be a cumbersome bureaucratic apparatus. Unfortunately, state and local governments sometimes impose costly requirements…” Link

Tags: , , , , , ,

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism. Cass Sunstein, March 25, 2014, Book. “Based on a series of pathbreaking lectures given at Yale University in 2012, this powerful, thought-provoking work by national best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein combines legal theory with behavioral economics to make a fresh argument about the legitimate scope of government, bearing on obesity, smoking, distracted driving, health care, food safety, and other highly volatile, high-profile public issues. Behavioral economists have established that people often make decisions that run counter to their best…” (May require user account or purchase) Link

Tags: ,

Nudges Vs. Shoves

Nudges Vs. Shoves. Cass Sunstein, February 1, 2014, Paper. “Behavioral findings, demonstrating human errors, have led some people to favor choice-preserving responses (‘nudges’), and others to favor mandates and bans. If people’s choices lead them to err, it might seem puzzling, or even odd, to respond with solutions that insist on preserving freedom of choice. But mandates have serious problems of their own, even in the face of behavioral market failures. Mandates might not be able to handle heterogeneity; they might reflect limited knowledge on the part of public officials or the interests of powerful private groups…” Link

Tags: ,

The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions

The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions. Cass Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule, February 1, 2014, Paper. “Administrative agencies frequently say ‘not now.’ They defer decisions about rulemaking or adjudication, or decide not to decide, potentially jeopardizing public health, national security, or other important goals. Such decisions are often made as a result of general Administration policy, may be highly controversial, and are at least potentially subject to legal challenge. When is it lawful for agencies to defer decisions? A substantial degree of agency autonomy is guaranteed by a recognition of resource constraints, which require agencies to set priorities, often with reference to their independent assessments of the relative importance of legislative policies …” Link

Tags: , , ,

Why Economic Mobility Is Stuck in Neutral

Why Economic Mobility Is Stuck in Neutral. Cass Sunstein, January 28, 2014, Opinion. “We are seeing an outpouring of new empirical work on inequality, led by the economists Raj Chetty of Harvard University and Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley. The findings in their two latest papers, written with several co-authors, are casting a fresh light on contemporary political debates…” Link

Tags: ,