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  • 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.

  • One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

    July 21, 2015 – Huffington Post

    “Not only are there rights- and moral-based reasons for support for domestic violence survivors, there are many economic reasons too,” said Denise Grab, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity and co-author of the report.

  • New Oil Train Safety Rules Spell Delay, Leaving Citizens at Risk

    May 18, 2015 – The Hill

    Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.: These are just a few of the cities within the “blast zones” of mile-long trains carrying flammable crude oil across the country. Twenty-five million Americans live in these vulnerable areas; yet it will be years until dangerous tank cars are retrofitted or retired from the rails, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new safety standards.