Intelligent Design

Cass Sunstein shows how “choice architecture” can help people make better decisions

Faced with important decisions about their lives, people often make pretty bad choices—choices they would not have made if they paid full attention and possessed complete information, unlimited cognitive abilities, and complete self-control. To take just one example, many people never get around to joining their employer’s retirement savings plan, even when it is heavily subsidized.

Constitutional Ink—Visible, and Invisible

The Constitution, writes Laurence Tribe, is more than the words on the parchment

The U.S. Constitution is 219 years old now, and the revolutionary system of government it created has survived and spread across the globe. No wonder many Americans consider it an almost sacred document, the final say on governmental powers and individual rights.

Urban Legend

The power of City Hall is a myth sometimes, say David Barron and Gerald Frug—and they explain why

“City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation,” forthcoming from Cornell University Press in December, examines how state laws shackle cities. Barron and Frug look at how state law determines what cities can and cannot do to raise revenue, control land use and improve schools.

Tax Policy, Writ Large

From Louis Kaplow, an integrated theory of taxation and public economics

In a new book, Professor Louis Kaplow '81 "steps back and considers the relationships among the parts." The book -- “The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics” (Princeton 2008) -- stands to secure him a place in the firmament of public economists and scholars in public finance.