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The Economic Approach to Evaluating Gun Control Policies

What do economists have to offer in evaluating gun control policies? Our answer, explained in our book, Gun Violence: The Real Costs, may come as a surprise. Economic science offers a framework for defining and assessing the problem of gun violence that is quite different than the main contender, public health. The difference, in a nutshell, is between the public health focus on saving lives versus the economic focus on increasing safety. That may seem like a distinction without a difference, but it has important implications for how we prioritize what to do, and how much to do it. “Gun violence is a public health problem” is a familiar claim, not only made by public health scholars and advocates but also by commentators, most prominently The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof. Without a doubt it is a public health issue, since nearly 40,000 people are shot and killed each year and another 120,000 are shot but survive, sometimes with a resulting lifetime….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Learning from Our Mistakes

Lawrence Zelenak, Figuring Out the Tax: Congress, Treasury, and the Design of the Early Modern Income Tax (2018). Charlotte Crane The income tax is a formidable institution in American political life. Understanding the many facets of its current form is a challenge, given the myriad forces that have interacted in its evolution. Larry Zelenak, in his book Figuring Out the Tax, published in January 2018 as part of the Cambridge Tax Law Series, offers the reader substantial insights into these forces through a close examination of the early history of the income tax in the United States. Zelenak does not attempt to outline the entire history of the income tax, or even its complete history during the two decades following 1913, with which he deals most completely. Zelenak instead has chosen to provide the history of a number of discrete aspects of the income tax: the use of withholding for income streams other than wages, the step-up of basis at death, the use of value….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Ten Commandments of Timeliness of GAO Protests and COFC Bid Protest Cases: Actual Filing Deadline V. CICA Stay Timelines & Ovrerride Definition

One of the issues in filing a bid protest is the timeliness rules. Even more confusing is the deadline to file to GAO protest and the timeline to have the CICA stay enforce. Getting the confusing details sorted can make the difference between getting the case heard and getting the… Read more » The post Ten Commandments of Timeliness of GAO Protests and COFC Bid Protest Cases: Actual Filing Deadline V. CICA Stay Timelines & Ovrerride Definition appeared first on Watson & Associates LLC... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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A Call to Arms Research

Any realistic firearms policy must start with a recognition of the tradeoffs between the benefits of access to guns and the harms from their misuse. Just as with many other policy realms, regulations can be set to give consumers the benefit of a technology while limiting potential harm to others. Finding the right solution begins with better data collection, proceeds to a weighing of costs and benefits, and eventually leads to sensible policy, such as regulation or taxation. Evaluating gun policy requires carefully laying out the various ways that guns provide benefits and harms. For instance, researchers need to estimate the benefits that firearms provide to millions of regular hunters and target shooters. Researchers also need data on physical and psychological costs to individuals, both due to injuries and deaths, but also the costs of precautions taken to avoid the risk of being shot. Standard social science approaches, such as the use of contingent valuation or analyses of….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Deregulatory Realities and Illusions

Last month, the Trump Administration published its semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Many aspects of the agenda received attention but none more than the claims that the Trump Administration has succeeded in an unprecedented degree of deregulation. President Donald J. Trump himself routinely cites his deregulatory accomplishments as a cause for the strong economy in his first two years in office. But these claims of both extensive deregulation and a major impact on the economy weaken considerably upon closer scrutiny. This is the second annual public announcement that the Trump Administration has made on the extent of deregulation. In last year’s highly touted event, President Trump claimed to have eliminated 22 regulations for every new regulation his Administration issued. That claim has been fairly thoroughly debunked, as many of the deregulatory actions were not completed or were very trivial. How do the claims in this year’s….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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