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  • 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.

  • CLEAR & The Economy
    Policy Brief

    CLEAR & The Economy

    Innovation, Equity, and Job Creation

    By J. Scott Holladay and Michael A. Livermore
    April 12, 2010

    The CLEAR Act, sponsored in the Senate by Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would place a price on carbon, auction 100% of the pollution permits, and refund most of the revenue back to consumers. This brief found that pricing carbon would spur investment and innovation in new energy technologies, giving a substantial boost to industries like manufacturing and construction—both hit hard in the recent financial crisis. Relatively well-paying jobs would be generated in these sectors, helping to mop up the slack created by the recession.

  • Economists and Climate Change
    Policy Brief

    Economists and Climate Change

    Consensus and Open Questions

    By J. Scott Holladay, Jonathan Horne, and Jason A Schwartz
    November 4, 2009

    Economists and Climate Change: Consensus and Open Questions describes and analyzes the results of a survey sent to 289 economic experts on climate change. Over 84% of the respondents to the poll said that the effects of global warming will create significant risks to important sectors of the United States and global economies.

  • The Other Side of the Coin
    Policy Brief

    The Other Side of the Coin

    The Economic Benefits of Climate Legislation

    By J. Scott Holladay and Jason A Schwartz
    September 1, 2009

    This brief compiles estimates from several different federal agencies, and calculates that the economic benefits of the emissions cap in the Waxman-Markey bill likely dwarf the costs by as much as 9-to-1 or more. The benefit to cost ratio was determined using the EPA’s previously released (and peer reviewed) cost estimates and a newly released “social cost of carbon” estimate from an interagency process which provides a conservative dollar figure for the benefits of greenhouse gas reductions.

  • No More Excuses
    Policy Brief

    No More Excuses

    The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation

    By J. Scott Holladay
    June 2, 2009

    No More Excuses: The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation is a brief but careful analysis which reveals several compelling findings on the regulation of the toxic by-product of coal combustion. In broad strokes, it is clear that the benefits of regulating coal ash storage facilities would far outweigh the costs. The benefits of a regulation requiring coal ash to be stored in dry conditions and in synthetically-lined, covered facilities could save tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars per storage facility.