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Assisting Personal Responsibility: Using Nudges to Reduce Sugar Consumption

By Steven J. Gonzalez[1] I. Introduction The prevalence of obesity and its related chronic illnesses has been increasing for decades and takes a heavy toll not only on individual households, but also on public health institutions. The over-consumption of sugar, especially through Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), is an important contributor to this epidemic. Curtailing Americans’ intake…

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Let’s Work to End Homelessness, not Disguise It

By Nino Monea* If you take a stroll through Cambridge, Massachusetts, you probably wouldn’t pay much attention to the park benches. But if you did, might notice handrails jutting out in the middle of many of the benches. Though seemingly benign, this feature means that a person trying to stretch out cannot sleep on the…

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UPCOMING EVENT: Obama Legacy Symposium

In collaboration with ACS, DOS Grant Fund, and others, we bring you… Ron Klain: The Economy & Ebola Monday, November 14 at 12 p.m. in WCC B015 Serving as the “Ebola Czar,” chief of staff to VP’s Biden and Gore, and top debate prep advisor to a number of Democratic Presidential nominees are just a…

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When Zero Means Some, Confusion Reigns

By Lisa Heinzerling* As I have argued elsewhere, the transparency achieved by federal laws relating to food is only partial, and sometimes only serves to conceal a lie. If one wanted to see this principle in operation, one might turn to a recent federal district court decision from California. In Backus v. Nestlé, the court…

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Another perspective on Community Policing, Part Two

By Ronald E. Hampton* Critics of community policing say that the idea of a friendly beat officer acting as some magic bullet solution for serious crimes such as murders, rapes, assaults, big-time, sophisticated drug dealing and the rising tide of violence fueled by drugs, is laughable. Yet community policing techniques are appropriate for more serious…

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HLPR Student Note Competition Submissions Due January 8

HLPR is seeking submissions for its Student Note Competition, to be published in Vol. 10.2 in summer 2016. We are seeking policy-oriented pieces that are 4,000–13,000 words, shorter in length than a typical journal article. The deadline for submissions for the Summer 2016 issue is Friday, January 8th. Submissions should be sent to HarvardLPRSubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line “Student Note…

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