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  • 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.

  • Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action

    By Daniel H. Cole
    June 1, 2009

    In Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis and Collective Action, Daniel H. Cole describes the influence of cost-benefit analysis and explains how and why it is a politically useful tools for agencies, even when those agencies are not required by law to prepare regulatory cost-benefit analyses (RCBA). As Cole says in his introduction, “For better or for worse, RCBAs have significantly influenced policies for dealing with, or not dealing with, collective action problems ranging from airport enlargement to global climate change.”

  • Federalism Accountability
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Federalism Accountability

    “Agency Forcing” Measures

    By Catherine M. Sharkey
    June 1, 2009

    In Federalism Accountability: “Agency Forcing” Measures, author Catherine M. Sharkey advocates a variety of “agency-forcing” measures designed to enhance the ability of Congress, the executive, and especially the courts to ensure that agencies abide by executive mandates and other reforms, and to provide a check on overt politicization or inaction on agencies’ part.

  • Fixing Regulatory Review
    Report

    Fixing Regulatory Review

    Recommendations for the Next Administration

    By Richard L. Revesz and Michael A. Livermore
    December 18, 2008

    Fixing Regulatory Review: Recommendations for the Next Administration provides a set of recommendations for the Obama Administration to improve the process of regulatory review. It includes ten principles that should inform regulatory review and cost-benefit analysis of regulation, as well as a detailed markup of the Executive Order signed by President William Jefferson Clinton that established the structure of review that is currently in place.

  • The Price of Neglect
    Report

    The Price of Neglect

    The Hidden Environmental and Public Health Costs of Bad Economics

    By Inimai M. Chettiar, Michael A. Livermore, and Jason A Schwartz
    November 19, 2008

    This report examines the regulatory failures of the Bush years on issues as wide-ranging as climate change and workplace safety, and concludes that these failures did not arise because of an overuse of economics, but because economic and scientific evidence was ignored.