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  • Balanced Justice
    Policy Brief

    Balanced Justice

    Cost-Benefit Analysis and Criminal Justice Policy

    By Jennifer Rosenberg and Sara Mark
    October 19, 2011

    Crime and justice are not usually associated with cost-benefit analysis. But they should be, according to new research. This is especially true in an economic downturn, when government funding is scarce. In “Balanced Justice,” released jointly with the Center for the Administration of Criminal Law, author Jennifer Rosenberg reviews a growing body of research showing that counting the costs and benefits of our nation’s justice system can highlight areas of improvement that can save billions of taxpayer dollars without compromising public safety.

  • Internet Benefits
    Policy Brief

    Internet Benefits

    Consumer Surplus and Net Neutrality

    By J. Scott Holladay, A.J. Glusman, Steven Soloway
    October 3, 2011

    This policy brief describes how a weakening of the principle of network neutrality might impact the Web. Based on an analysis of Internet usage, it finds that Internet infrastructure and content work together to generate huge economic benefits for consumers—possibly as much as $5,686 per user, per year.

  • The Value of Open
    Policy Brief

    The Value of Open

    An Update on Net Neutrality

    By Inimai M. Chettiar, J. Scott Holladay, and Jennifer Rosenberg
    September 22, 2010

    An open Internet allows anyone with an idea and a domain name to add content to the web for all to use. It’s a system that most believe works very well, generating billions in economic benefits for the American public every year. This policy brief analyzes the economic uncertainties of weakening our current, open Internet and sees potential trouble ahead if it is not preserved.

  • More Residual Risks
    Policy Brief

    More Residual Risks

    An Update on New York City Boilers

    By Kevin R. Cromar, Jason A Schwartz
    May 27, 2010

    Up to 259 lives could be saved every year if certain large buildings in New York City stopped burning dirty heating oil. Using newly available data, a reworked analysis finds that residual oil has even greater consequences than estimated in an earlier report.

  • Flooding the Market
    Policy Brief

    Flooding the Market

    The Distributional Consequences of the NFIP

    By J. Scott Holladay and Jason A Schwartz
    April 21, 2010

    The government’s flood insurance program gives discounts to homeowners who build in flood-prone areas, often causing significant environmental damage. In this analysis, the Institute for Policy Integrity finds that this practice can benefit wealthy owners of expensive homes at a cost to the average taxpayer.