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  • What Does Mulvaney’s Appointment Mean for the Future of CFPB?

    November 28, 2017 – USA Today

    In naming Mick Mulvaney to be the acting head of the federal government’s primary financial services regulator, President Trump is placing a loyalist in charge of what was designed as a semi-independent federal agency. “I do think it’s clear that Cordray’s departure will bring the CFPB closer into the president’s orbit,” said Richard L. Revesz, a law professor at New York University. “And the fact of the matter is that the director — the permanent director, whoever the president nominates — will also share the president’s agenda.”

  • Trump Administration Gutted Federal Chemical Plant Safety Regulations Before Accidents

    September 27, 2017 – NPR

    “There is a real need for the people who live nearby, and for the people who are responding to these accidents, to know what they are going to encounter when they put out the fire, or when people nearby are trying to protect their families,” Noll said. “So now to turn around and cancel those protections — EPA clearly did not think this through, and that is a real danger to public health.”

  • Structural Reforms to Improve Cost-Benefit Analyses of Financial Regulation

    August 7, 2017 – The Regulatory Review

    Independent agencies should mirror executive branch practices to overcome judicial scrutiny.

  • DOL Rule Delay Faces High Hurdle

    May 18, 2017 – Barron’s

    “A new delay would essentially amount to an effective repeal and that is something that would have to be justified,” Bethany Davis Noll, an attorney with the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, tells the publication. “Labor has a huge burden to overcome if they want to delay this.”

  • Make Economics at the FCC Great Again

    April 14, 2017 – Technology Policy Institute

    Most of us employ informal cost-benefit analysis (CBA)—or what Benjamin Franklin described as weighing pros and cons—whenever we make decisions in our daily lives. It seems fair to expect federal agencies to do the same when considering new rules. Surprisingly, though, some agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), are not required to engage in CBA before issuing a rule.

  • Chairman Smith Reopens the Debate on EPA’s Science

    February 7, 2017 – Bloomberg

    When EPA issues a regulation, say for mercury from power plants, it also counts as co-benefits the reductions in particulate matter that would result. Jack Lienke of New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity says EPA uses a model that reflects smaller health gains from reductions at lower concentrations. Its model is based on peer-reviewed studies and has been reviewed by the agency’s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, he said.

  • How to Reduce Domestic Violence with Legal Assistance

    January 5, 2016 – Fox News

    Research shows that increasing access to civil legal aid is one of the most effective strategies to curb rates of domestic violence. A recent report from the Institute for Policy Integrity explains how legal advocacy can reduce domestic violence substantially—even more than access to shelters or counseling services—as much as 21 percent according to one study.

  • When Economics Get Lost in the Smog

    October 2, 2015 – The Hill

    Social welfare would almost certainly be higher with an even tighter ozone standard.

  • Alone in Court: How Access to Legal Aid is Tied to Mobility

    July 28, 2015 – WNYC (NPR)

    Brian Lehrer and Martha Bergmark, Executive Director of Voices for Civil Justice, discuss legal aid and the findings of a recent report from the Institute for Policy Integrity. (Audio begins at 2min 45sec.)

  • Accused Batterers Get Free Attorneys. Domestic Violence Victims Don’t. That Needs to Change.

    July 23, 2015 – Slate

    When domestic violence cases make their way through the legal system, accused batterers have the right to a free court-appointed attorney in criminal cases. But a domestic violence survivor isn’t assured access to reduced-cost legal services. It’s a problematic imbalance, and correcting it could likely reduce the rate of domestic violence.