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  • Rationality, the Sequel: Richard Revesz Takes a New Look at Cost-Benefit Analysis in Federal Agency Regulation and Decision-Making

    In two books published a dozen years apart, AnBryce Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz has established himself as a leading evangelist for rationality in governance—specifically, the use of cost-benefit analysis by US administrative agencies to support regulations they plan to implement. In 2008, Revesz published Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health. His follow-up, published in December 2020, is Reviving Rationality: Saving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Sake of the Environment and Our Health. In a Q&A, Revesz answers questions about recent approaches to regulation and what lies ahead.

  • Does Biden’s American Jobs Plan Go Big Enough on Climate Change?

    “The only way to put this in context is to compare it to the cost of inaction, which is monumental in terms of public health, extreme weather events, climate refugees and economic destruction,” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. A survey of 730 global economists published this week by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law showed that the benefits of acting on climate far outweigh the price.

  • Climate Risks Could Cost the World Economy Trillions of Dollars

    The climate crisis is more than a political topic of discussion. Economists are already outlining the potential for worsening inequality, trillions of dollars in climate-related damages, and depressed global growth. According to the Institute for Policy Integrity at the NYU School of Law’s latest survey, about 74% of economists agree that “immediate and drastic” action is needed to cut emissions.

  • Economist Peter Howard: “The Question Is Not Whether Climate Change Will Impact Gross Domestic Product, but By How Much.”

    As economic director of the American think tank Institute for Policy Integrity and researcher on the social cost of carbon, Peter Howard's work tries to estimate the damages done to the environment and human health by CO2 emissions. Recently, Peter Howard published with his colleague Derek Sylvan the results of one of the largest polls of international economists who have analyzed various effects of climate change. It seems that, even in this discipline, a certain consensus on this problem is beginning to form.

  • What the 2021 Earth Day Polls Reveal

    Some of the more interesting survey findings come from groups who seem more credible than consumers in their opinions. Economists, for example. Consider a recent global survey conducted by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. Nearly three-quarters of the 738 economists around the world who responded said they agree "immediate and drastic action is necessary" to address the climate crisis.

  • Employers Use Courts to ‘Raise the Cost’ on DOL Rule Reversal

    The business lobby is using a Texas legal challenge to frustrate the Biden administration’s agenda for the gig economy and throw up burdensome roadblocks for the U.S. Labor Department as it moves to nix a Trump-era rule on independent contractors. “These are legal skirmishes designed to kind of raise the cost of changing the rule,” said Richard Revesz, an administrative law professor at New York University.

  • Climate Action Is Expensive But Inaction Costs Much More, Economists Say

    A recent survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Integrity at New York University, found consensus has increased dramatically among economists who study climate change. Now, the vast majority say that the crisis will shrink the global GDP if we don't take action now. The 738 climate economists surveyed widely agree that "the costs of inaction on climate change are higher than the costs of action, and that immediate, aggressive emissions reductions are economically desirable," according to a report on the survey's findings published Tuesday.

  • Most Economists Agree: Benefits of ‘Drastic’ Climate Action Outweigh Costs of Status Quo

    While scientists and campaigners continue calling on world leaders to pursue more ambitious policies to cut planet-heating emissions based on moral arguments and physical dangers, a U.S. think tank released survey results on Tuesday that make a clear economic case for sweeping climate action. The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law invited 2,169 Ph.D. economists to take a 15-question online survey "focused on climate change risks, economic damage estimates, and emissions abatement," according to a report on the results.

  • The Near-Term, Sobering Economic Cost of Climate Change

    Calling its poll the largest-ever expert survey on the economics of climate change, New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity said the results show an “overwhelming consensus that the costs of inaction on climate change are higher than the costs of action”— namely, immediate reductions in emissions. The $1.7 trillion would amount to a 1% decline in projected global gross domestic product (GDP). 

  • Three in Four Economists Agree: Something Needs to Be Done About Climate Change, and Fast

    Almost three fourths of economists in a recent survey said that "immediate and drastic action is necessary" to address climate change, with nearly 80 percent reporting that their concerns have grown over the past five years. The survey of more than 2,000 Ph.D. economists is conducted annually by the Institute for Policy Integrity and the results show that the consensus is building that the cost of reaching net-zero emissions would likely outweigh the costs. "People who spend their careers studying our economy are in widespread agreement that climate change will be expensive, potentially devastatingly so," Peter Howard, economics director at the Institute for Policy Integrity, said in a statement to CNN.