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Cass Robert Sunstein [ 1 ] (born September 21, 1954) is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law , administrative law , environmental law , and law and behavioral economics , who was the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School . [ 2 ] Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor [ 3 ] and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School .
A rapidly increasing number of Americans from all walks of life are beginning to harbor deep-seated fears about Obama “Regulatory Czar” nominee Cass Sunstein. They fear he would use his radical position on animal rights to devastate the agricultural industry – and the elderly community as well. Those fears are both widespread — and justified. For instance, in a paper entitled “The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer,” Sunstein observes that, “that there should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, in scientific experiments, and in agriculture.” The paper also asserts that “there is a strong argument, in principle, for bans on many current uses of animals.”
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Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness is a book written by Richard H.
Cost benefit analysis (CBA), sometimes called benefit–cost analysis (BCA), is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a project, decision or government policy (hereafter, "project").
It is the French engineer and economist, Jules Dupuit, who is usually credited with the development of cost-benefit analysis. It began in the evaluation of public works projects but it has since been used to analyse polices in criminal justice, defence, public health and the environment. It can be said to have its origins in Jeremy Bentham and his theory of utilitarianism.
The potency of life (or cost of life ) is an economic value assigned to life in general, or to specific living organisms. [ citation needed ] In social and political sciences , it is the marginal cost of death prevention in a certain class of circumstances. [ citation needed ] As such, it is a statistical term, the cost of reducing the average number of deaths by one. It is an important issue in a wide range of disciplines including economics , health care , adoption , political economy , insurance , worker safety , environmental impact assessment , and globalization . [ citation needed ] In industrial nations, the justice system considers a human life "priceless", thus illegalizing any form of slavery; i.e., humans cannot be bought for any price.
February 25, 2004 John Podesta: Welcome, I'm John Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress. We appreciate your all being here, quite a turnout for a very important book. This is the latest of our breakfast forums and we're here to discuss Lisa and Frank's book about putting a price on human life, the Costs and Benefits of Cost Benefit Analysis. I'm going to turn this panel over. We're going to get Frank up here I think and I'm going to turn the panel over to Sally Katzen in just a moment, but by way of introduction I'd just like to say that many of us that are on this panel and have been working on this issue for many years.
Putting a Price Tag on Life: Today, companies and governments often use Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian logic under the name of “cost-benefit analysis.”