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  • The Problem with Giving Verizon the Benefit of the Doubt

    September 22, 2010 – The Atlantic’s Business Blog

    In August, Verizon and Google agreed on principles to help create a better Internet for the future. But a new paper (.pdf) on net neutrality from New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity finds a few flaws with the plan. Although much of the paper titled “The Value of Open: An Update on Net Neutrality” is controversial, there is one point in particular that’s quite strong. It assets that ruling proactively on pricing strategies is better than ruling reactively.

  • Prison Rape: Eric Holder’s Unfinished Business

    August 26, 2010 – New York Review of Books’s NYR Blog

    Even more concerning is that Mr. Holder has commissioned no study of the benefits of reducing prisoner rape; nor, apparently, does he plan to. Yet as a brief submitted to the Department of Justice by New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity makes clear, “substantial additional costs” can only be understood in relation to the standards’ projected benefits.

  • Disasters show flawed system of oversight

    August 16, 2010 – San Antonio News

    First came the explosions. Then the funerals. Then the calls for reform. Five years ago, it was the Texas City explosion that killed 15 workers and cast the spotlight on the Chemical Safety Board, the chronically underfunded agency assigned to oversee worker safety at American refineries.

  • Safety regulators caught in revolving doors

    August 15, 2010 – Houston Chronicle

    “It’s as though the nation is walking into a casino and spinning the roulette wheel every day,” says Michael Liver­more, a government regulation specialist and executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University law school. “It’s only a matter of time before we’re going to come up with snake eyes and have another disaster.”

  • Creating Lanes On The Information Superhighway

    August 13, 2010 – NPR’s Planet Money

    On today’s podcast, we talk to two economists, both named Scott. Scott Holladay argues this is one market, where maybe the government should get involved, and protect “net neutrality.”

  • Economic Reality Softens Stance On Net Neutrality

    August 13, 2010 – NPR’s Planet Money on Morning Edition

    Net neutrality is one of those issues that a small number of people care passionately about. For everyone else, it’s either a big mystery or a big bore. Net neutrality is about using regulation to require open and equal access to the Internet. Huge sums of money could be at stake in the outcome.

  • House Debates National Flood Insurance

    July 15, 2010 – C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

    Michael Livermore talked about the National Flood Insurance Program, how the program works, and its costs and benefits. Pres. Obama signed an extension to the program, allowing people with properties in flood areas to transact sales on those properties.

  • Econmists Argue for Third Way

    July 9, 2010 – Broadcasting and Cable

    A quartet of economists has written FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski with a shout-out for his “third way” Title II reclassification of broadband, in part because they say it would help preserve what is currently a de facto network neutrality regime in which most service providers “do not currently engage in prioritization or price discrimination tactics that would be restricted under the proposed rules.”

  • Economists Rebuff Lawmakers’ Letter by Advocating for Network Neutrality

    July 9, 2010 – Broadband Breakfast

    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2010 – Four economists argued in a letter to the FCC sent Wednesday that the question before the agency was “not whether to impose network neutrality, but whether to eliminate it.” They responded to a letter also sent to the FCC that was drafted by 74 Democratic lawmakers who said the FCC’s plan to impose new regulations on the internet would violate a standing bipartisan consensus about leaving the internet unregulated.

  • The Oil Spill is Obama’s Katrina if We Waste Both Disasters

    June 1, 2010 – change.org

    Environmentalists have long-held that the program amounts today to a subsidized destruction of America’s floodplains for the benefit of beachfront vacationers and wealthy homeowners (Rosie O’Donnell, Matt Damon, I’m looking at you). A recent report by New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity backs up these arguments.