From the Cover

Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Less Safe?

Laws purporting to protect the public may be increasing sex offender recidivism rates.


Health & Medicine

Can Behavioral Economics Combat Obesity?

There is little reason to think that further government intervention will shrink Americans’ waistlines.

Banking & Finance

Economics and Financial Regulation

Will the SEC’s new embrace of cost‐​benefit analysis be a watershed moment?


The Use and Abuse of Science in Policymaking

The regulation of biotechnology provides a cautionary tale of politicized science.

Consumer Protection

Does Private Insurance Reduce Environmental Accidents?

Gas station underground tank leaks decreased when states switched from state‐​managed assurance programs to mandatory private insurance.

For the Record