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  • Regulatory Report
    Report

    Regulatory Report

    Interagency Data Interoperability

    By Policy Integrity
    June 26, 2012

    This report shows what could be accomplished if straightforward changes were made to improve the way agencies interact. By sharing data, using the same metrics and coordinating on target populations, agencies could improve the impact of social services and stretch every tax dollar.

  • Does Process Matter
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Does Process Matter

    Regulatory Procedure and Regulatory Output in the States

    By Stuart Shapiro, Ph.D. and Deborah Borie-Holtz Ph.D.
    September 21, 2011

    Rulemaking in the states has become much more widespread than it was when many state legislatures began to pass their administrative procedures acts more than 40 years ago. A wide diversity of rulemaking procedures presents a natural laboratory in which to study several questions that have long interested scholars of the regulatory process. This paper finds that the level of rulemaking is more closely correlated to the lawmaking activity in the state rather than proceduralization which suggests no disrespect for the law, as Churchill argued, but rather that the lawmakers themselves have given rise to the thousands of regulations in the states.

  • Can Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Policy Go Global?
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Can Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Policy Go Global?

    By Michael A. Livermore
    August 29, 2011

    The use of cost-benefit analysis of environmental policy is spreading from the United States, where it has the longest tradition, to other parts of the globe. This paper discusses the challenges posed for cost-benefit analysis as it spreads, and how it can evolve to meet those challenges.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change and Future Generations
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Climate Change and Future Generations

    By Richard L. Revesz and Matthew R. Shahabian
    September 22, 2010

    Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and control climate change implicate a wide range of social, moral, economic, and political issues, none of them simple or clear. But when regulators evaluate the desirability of climate change mitigation through cost-benefit analysis, one factor typically determines whether mitigation is justified: the discount rate or the rate at which future benefits are converted to their present value.

    This working paper evaluates the four principal justifications for intergenerational discounting, which often are conflated in the literature. It shows that none of these justifications supports the prevalent approach of discounting benefits to future generations at the rate of return in financial markets and, more generally, that discounting cannot substitute for a moral theory setting forth our obligations to future generations.