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The Institute for Policy Integrity produces three types of publications: policy briefs, reports, and academic articles/working papers. Our policy briefs provide incisive and focused analysis on timely policy topics. Our reports develop deeper research on our core issues. Our academic articles and working papers offer original scholarly research and analysis from established experts as well as fresh new voices.

Latest Publications

  • Patience is a(n Economic) Virtue
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Patience is a(n Economic) Virtue

    Real Options, Natural Resources, and Offshore Oil

    By Michael A. Livermore
    February 8, 2012

    Consideration of real options is necessary to maximize economic return from non-renewable natural resource extraction. But ecisions over drilling are often framed as a now-or-never choice, so the option to wait (or “real option” value) is improperly treated in administrative processes that determine whether, when, and how offshore oil resources will be tapped.

  • Balanced Justice
    Policy Brief

    Balanced Justice

    Cost-Benefit Analysis and Criminal Justice Policy

    By Jennifer Rosenberg and Sara Mark
    October 19, 2011

    Crime and justice are not usually associated with cost-benefit analysis. But they should be, according to new research. This is especially true in an economic downturn, when government funding is scarce. In “Balanced Justice,” released jointly with the Center for the Administration of Criminal Law, author Jennifer Rosenberg reviews a growing body of research showing that counting the costs and benefits of our nation’s justice system can highlight areas of improvement that can save billions of taxpayer dollars without compromising public safety.

  • Internet Benefits
    Policy Brief

    Internet Benefits

    Consumer Surplus and Net Neutrality

    By J. Scott Holladay, A.J. Glusman, Steven Soloway
    October 3, 2011

    This policy brief describes how a weakening of the principle of network neutrality might impact the Web. Based on an analysis of Internet usage, it finds that Internet infrastructure and content work together to generate huge economic benefits for consumers—possibly as much as $5,686 per user, per year.

  • 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.