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Publications

The Institute for Policy Integrity produces three types of publications: policy briefs, reports, and academic articles/working papers. Our policy briefs provide incisive and focused analysis on timely policy topics. Our reports develop deeper research on our core issues. Our academic articles and working papers offer original scholarly research and analysis from established experts as well as fresh new voices.

Latest Publications

  • The BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Option Value and the Offshore Drilling Debate
    Report

    The BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Option Value and the Offshore Drilling Debate

    By Policy Integrity
    April 20, 2011

    One year after crude oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, little action has been taken to prevent a similar disaster. A report authored by Gaia Larsen and Michael A. Livermore finds that overly simplistic economic analysis by the government may have helped lead to the accident.

  • 2011 Heavy-Duty Trucks Rule
    Report

    2011 Heavy-Duty Trucks Rule

    By Policy Integrity
    February 2, 2011

    EPA and NHTSA have taken a crucial step in addressing our greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependency by regulating the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks for the first time. But, there is room for improvement.

  • NOAA’s Enforcement Practices
    Report

    NOAA’s Enforcement Practices

    By Policy Integrity
    December 19, 2010

    This regulatory report recommends more economically effective fines that would increase the protection of our nation’s ocean life. It comes in response to a possible shift in NOAA’s policies that could risk a rise in over-fishing. The suggestion is properly calibrated fees combined with more rigorous enforcement that, together, will serve to efficiently deter harm to marine life.

  • 52 Experiments with Regulatory Review
    Report

    52 Experiments with Regulatory Review

    The Political and Economic Inputs into State Rulemaking

    By Jason A Schwartz
    November 16, 2010

    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 the quality of their review process.

  • Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief

    By Richard L. Revesz & Allison L. Westfahl Kong
    October 30, 2010

    Grandfathering has become a common practice in regulating industries like coal power generation. But it is not clear that phasing out polluting plants is beneficial. The costs of retrofitting existing plants to comply with new standard can be higher than the compliance costs for a new plant. Since the costs of shifting to new technology must be borne at some point, (since granfathering can’t be indefinite) it might be best not to grandfather at all so that society can benefit from lower pollution levels earlier. That’s just one of the arguments examined in this working paper.