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  • Valuing Lives: A Conference on Ethics in Health and the Environment

    March 5, 2011

    Various policy issues in environmental and health-related matters force policymakers to trade human lives against other values. The NYU Center for Bioethics, in conjunction with the NYU Program in Environmental Studies, is bringing together scholars from several fields, including philosophy, law and, economics, to discuss whether and how this can be done in a morally acceptable manner. The one-day conference will feature five original, unpublished papers and an introductory address by Professor Dan Brock of the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health.

  • Conversations with Eco-Innovators: Economics of International Biodiversity Preservation

    January 11, 2011

    Many countries around the world face a range of environmental risks-including loss of biodiversity-along with extreme economic challenges and the threat of political instability. Balancing these sometimes competing concerns, while highlighting the economic benefits associated with environmental protection, is a key challenge for many developing countries. Cost-benefit analysis can serve as a useful tool to clarify tradeoffs, increase government transparency, and inform the international community of areas of risk where financial or other forms of support are most needed.

    On January 11, the dean of NYU School of Law, Richard Revesz, and Olivier Langrand, Executive Vice President of Public Sector Engagement at Conservation International, held a discussion on the economics of international biodiversity preservation. To listen to the conversation, click here.

  • Global Cost-Benefit Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities

    October 26, 2010 – October 27, 2010

    As developing countries advance, they face increasingly complex environmental and public health challenges. These challenges will require governments to incorporate more sophisticated tools into their policy-designing process. Governments will also need to be better informed as they take on more complicated regulatory problems. Further, as developing countries continue to face limitations on financial resources, it will be important for their officials to determine which policies maximize net benefits for their societies. Cost-benefit analysis can be an important tool to allow developing countries to reach policy decisions based on a better understanding of the ultimate effects of these policies. This will be the focus of a conversation between a select group of scholars, practitioners, and government officials with expertise in environmental, public health, and energy policy.

  • Conversations with Eco-Innovators

    October 6, 2010

    With climate legislation stalled in Congress, environmentalists should begin to explore other avenues to control carbon emissions in addition to pursuing congressional action. Join Conservation International’s Michael Totten and Policy Integrity’s Michael Livermore for an evening of discussion on reducing our nation’s greenhouse gases and energy bills using regulatory innovations, volunteer corporate leadership, and web network collaborations.

  • Global Warming 2010

    September 20, 2010

    Michael Livermore spoke to over 600 environmental activists at Global Warming 2010: Creating Jobs and Saving the Planet. The event was sponsored by The American Cities Foundation, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) and 350philly!

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Issue Advocacy Workshop

    September 15, 2010

    The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law will bring together leading practitioners, government officials, and academics for a free, day-long workshop on cost-benefit analysis and its use in issue advocacy.

  • University of Brasilia Cost-Benefit Conference

    August 23, 2010

    Michael Livermore and Gonzalo Moyano delivered addresses at the University of Brasilia International Seminar, “Cost-Benefit Analysis and Efficiency in Public Policy. Conceptual and Operational Aspects.”

  • The Federalist Society: Regulatory Authority in the EPA

    June 15, 2010

    Jason Schwartz participated in spirited debate with administrative law experts during a Federalist Society panel covering EPA’s regulatory authority and the role of cost-benefit analysis and the precautionary principle. Schwartz and fellow panelists focused on atrazine, one of the most commonly used pesticides, and discussed how cost-benefit and precautionary principles should or should not inform regulatory decisions about such chemicals. Schwartz’s presentation emphasized the need to make cost-benefit analysis both more evidence-based and more “humanized,” and he fielded questions from other panelists and the audience on transparency, distributional analysis, and climate regulations.

  • Changes to the Regulatory State

    March 12, 2010

    President Obama’s Approach to Regulation and its Impacts on Federal Environmental and Health Protections. On March 12, 2010, the NYU Environmental Law Journal, NYU Environmental Law Society, and the Institute for Policy Integrity hosted a day-long symposium on regulatory review and environmental regulation under the Obama Administration.

  • Policy Integrity Fall Workshop: “Cost-Benefit Analysis and Issue Advocacy”

    November 10, 2009

    This fall, IPI brought together leading practitioners, government officials, and academics for an all-day workshop on the federal regulatory process. Focused on how advocacy organizations can use economic analysis and cost-benefit analysis to further their agendas, “Cost Benefit Analysis and Issue Advocacy” was an in-depth dialogue between members of the advocacy community and experts on cutting-edge developments in the administrative process and cost-benefit analysis.