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The Paralyzing Principle

Cass R. Sunstein
November 2, 2003

All over the world, there is increasing interest in a simple idea for the regulation of risk: the Precautionary Principle.

The Federal Government’s Real – but Very Dangerous and Limited – Role in Confronting Bullying and Harassment

Neal McCluskey
May 1, 2011

The federal government does have, and should use, authority to enforce equal protection under the law against violence and harassment, testifies Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute before the U.S.

Regulating Environmental Hazards

Richard Wilson
January 1, 2008

People seek answers to seemingly simple questions: Is the water safe to drink? Is there a safe level of radiation? But usually there is not a simple answer to such questions.

Private School Chains in Chile: Do Better Schools Scale Up?

Gregory Elacqua, Dante Contreras, Felipe Salazar, Humberto Santos
August 16, 2011

Examples from Chile demonstrate that the best way to increase the prevalence of successful schools and education methods is to create incentives for schools to scale up themselves, instead of forci

The Other Lottery: Are Philanthropists Backing the Best Charter Schools?

Andrew J. Coulson
June 6, 2011

In this Policy Analysis, Coulson argues that no correlation exists between a charter school receiving private funding and its later performance after controlling for external factors.

Crony Capitalism and Social Engineering: The Case Against Tax-Increment Financing

Randal O'Toole
May 18, 2011

In this Policy Anaysis, Randall O'Toole takes on subsidies that don't work, and are not efficient.

The DISCLOSE Act, Deliberation, and the First Amendment

John Samples
June 28, 2010

In this Policy Analysis from CATO, Samples argues that the United States Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v.

A Better Way to Generate and Use Comparative-Effectiveness Research

February 6, 2009

The author contends in this Policy Analysis that President Barack Obama, former U.S.

Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law

Michael Tanner
January 2, 2010

Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, offers this new report on the costs and consequences of President Obama's new health care law, finding that "the more we learn about what is i

The Durable Internet: Preserving Network Neutrality without Regulation

Timothy B. Lee
November 12, 2008

In this Policy Analysis, the author contends that an important reason for the Internet's remarkable growth over the last quarter century is the "end-to-end" principle that networks should confine t

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