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  • Let's (Not) Play Games with Dodd-Frank

    May 4, 2017

    While an overhaul of Dodd-Frank is needed, the temptation to deregulate as quickly as possible could prove disastrous without a comprehensive evaluation of the risks. A simulation game of the financial system could produce real benefits for regulation.

  • Discount Justice: Fiscal Austerity and State Courts

    Apr 18, 2017

    Budget cuts at the state court level can mean courthouse closures, hiring freezes and layoffs, leading to longer wait times for the public. Educating the public about the role and importance of the state courts is key to preventing more budget cuts in the future.

  • Digital Theft: The New Normal

    Oct 10, 2016

    Absolute data breach prevention is not possible, so knowing what people want when it happens is important. Consumers and corporations alike should accept this risk as a “when,” not an “if,” and prepare for it.

  • Cost of Cyber Incidents to American Companies Is Less Than Expected

    Sep 20, 2016

    Why don't American companies invest more in computer security? One possible explanation: Relative to the other risks they face, cyber risks often aren't as significant as expected. Most breaches cost companies less than 0.4 percent of their annual revenues.

  • Health Insurance and Workers' Compensation Claiming

    Sep 14, 2016

    What impact does changes in health insurance availability have on Workers' Compensation claims? Data from four states show a modest decrease in Workers' Compensation bills following Affordable Care Act expansions.

  • Implementing a Drug Formulary for California's Workers' Compensation Program

    Aug 25, 2016

    A drug formulary for all injured workers covered by California's workers' compensation program should incorporate evidence-based standards of care that best meet the needs of California's injured workers.