After more than a year of research, surveys, and analysis, Policy Integrity is the first to compile the regulatory practices of all fifty states in one document. Comparing each set of laws and guidelines on paper to direct feedback from leaders on the ground, the report assigns states a grade based on an evaluation of the quality of their review process. The results find signficant flaws with state level regulatory review and indicate that billions of dollars and important environmental and public health protections are at risk. States earned an average grade of “D+.” Read more »
Policy Integrity served as amicus in litigation by Public Citizen and other groups challenging regulation increasing the number of hours truckers could drive per week. Policy Integrity argued that the agency failed to properly examine the large health consequences to truckers of the rule. Read more »
Policy Integrity is working with a coalition led by Free Press and Consumers Union to examine a Federal Communications Commission rule that would prevent internet-service providers from discriminating against websites based on content. Policy Integrity has published economic analysis of the Internet market, and participated in the FCC administrative process in support of the rule. Read more »
The current debate on jobs and environmental regulation too often relies on thinly-supported forecasts about jobs “killed” or “created” by public protections. In this debate, the larger costs and benefits of protections for clean air or water can get lost. Economics can be better used to evaluate the effects of environmental regulation on layoffs and hiring by looking more carefully at the models that are used to make predictions about the jobs impact of regulation. These modeling tools have important limitations that are rarely communicated, leading to misunderstanding and counterproductive political debates. Read more »
Policy Integrity teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund to assist the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies in improving the methodology used to estimate the benefits of greenhouse gas controls. This will ultimately be used throughout the federal bureaucracy for decisions with climate change impacts. Read more »
Cost-benefit analysis can be an advocate’s strongest tool. When done correctly, the numbers often support strong government protections for important values like the environment, health and safety, and consumer protection. But too often, cost-benefit analysis has been used in a biased fashion, leading to deregulation or watered down rules. Keep reading »
Policy Integrity partners with advocacy organizations to use economics and law to ensure that the benefits of better protections are properly counted, helping groups reach their goals and achieve tangible results. Learn more »
The social cost of carbon is an estimate of the economic damage done by each ton of carbon dioxide spewed into the air. Howard examines the Integrated Assessment Models used to produce the social cost of carbon estimate and gives a comprehensive review of what each model accounts for and what each model misses.