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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

  • Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon

    Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon

    By Peter Howard
    March 13, 2014

    The social cost of carbon is an estimate of the economic damage done by each ton of carbon dioxide spewed into the air. Howard examines the Integrated Assessment Models used to produce the social cost of carbon estimate and gives a comprehensive review of what each model accounts for and what each model misses.

  • Quantifying Regulatory Benefits
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Quantifying Regulatory Benefits

    By Richard L. Revesz
    January 7, 2014

    The author responds to an argument made by Cass Sunstein that administrative agencies should use breakeven analysis when unable to quantify benefits of a specific regulation. Breakeven analysis seeks to determine how high nonquantifiable benefits of a regulation would have to be for the benefits to justify the costs. In this Comment, the author argues that breakeven analysis can be useful but is always a second-best technique. The first-best approach is to quantify the benefit.

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Agency Independence
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Cost-Benefit Analysis and Agency Independence

    By Michael A. Livermore
    January 7, 2014

    In “Cost-Benefit Analysis and Agency Independence,” Professor Michael A. Livermore argues that cost-benefit analysis provides a standard that constrains the exercise of OIRA’s power, helping to preserve the autonomy of government agencies in the face of White House review. This argument challenges the prevailing view that cost-benefit analysis is a tool for the President to impose authority over executive agencies.

  • Water Pollution and Regulatory Cooperation In China
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Water Pollution and Regulatory Cooperation In China

    By Hong Lan, Michael A. Livermore, and Craig A. Wenner
    November 27, 2013

    The costs of China’s record economic growth—including pollution—threaten to undercut its progress if left unchecked. Standing in the way of China’s efforts to control pollution is a complex political system of overlapping levels of local and national authorities. This paper examines recent efforts to address the ill-aligned incentives lead some officials to allow high levels of pollution.

  • Regulatory Report

    Regulatory Report

    Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

    By Policy Integrity
    May 10, 2013

    Decades after the civil rights movement inspired the Fair Housing Act, HUD still has a long way to go before that law’s vision of fair housing is realized. The primary recommendations of this report to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are to more clearly define fair housing goals and to measure the progress of locally-based housing providers in meeting the requirements of the 1960’s civil rights statute.