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Cost Benefit Analysis

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Toxic Chemicals

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Rena Steinzor

Within the next few days, Congress is likely to enact the first update of a major environmental statute in many years.

The Economic Argument Against Keystone XL

Sanjay Kapoor | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Sanjay Kapoor

If we are to stay below the 2°C temperature rise, we have to reverse this sense of inevitability, whether it is in the guise of pragmatism or complacency. To aggressively pursue a low-carbon economy, the Keystone XL pipeline is not just as good a place to start as any, but better. It is an infrastructure project -- yesterday's infrastructure.

Zach Carter

House Republicans Just Let The Cat Out Of The Bag | Zach Carter | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since taking control of the House in 2010, Republicans have crafted dozens of bills ostensibly devoted to "streamlining and simplifying"...

Zach Carter

House GOP Rams Through 2 New Deregulation Bills | Zach Carter | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pushed through two bills this week designed to undermine key environmental and financial regulations by jamming federa...

Why Relationships Deserve More Than a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Alexandra Villarreal

I see relationships as a chain. We're all linked to one another. If we've met, we have a relationship, albeit a fairly shallow one. I'm young, so I don't really know, but from what my parents have told me, that chain used to mean something.

Zach Carter

Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress aim to revamp an anti-regulatory law from the Newt Gingrich era in an effort to paralyze new financial, environm...

Zach Carter

Senate Democrats Join GOP Attack On Financial and Environmental Regulation | Zach Carter | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four Senate Democrats are working with Republicans to help the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other GOP-affiliated lobbying groups undermi...

For Policy Discouraging Smoking, FDA Defies Common Sense in Weighing 'Lost Pleasure' Against Health Benefits

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

The ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products is under threat --from the FDA itself.

Calculating the Costs of War, Including the Walking Wounded

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

A regular part of the president's political presentations is that we have brought home/are bringing home American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The unspoken point is: Mission Accomplished (as a previous president termed it).

Legalize It -- The Economic Argument

Ranjit Dighe | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Ranjit Dighe

Just as the Super Bowl is a monument to commerce, arguments about legalizing marijuana tend to contain a lot of dollar signs.

In a Tight Spot, SEC Chair White Puts Agency's Credibility on the Line

Barbara Roper | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Barbara Roper

Unfortunately for Chair White, her predecessors' mishandling of the JOBS Act rulemaking to lift the ban on general solicitation in private offerings has left her with an uncomfortable choice between speeding implementation of that rule and ignoring her commitment to follow the economic analysis guidelines.

GOP 'Cost-Benefit' Bill Benefits Wall Street and Costs Americans

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Republicans again have it all wrong as they bring to the House floor the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, or the so-called SEC "cost-benefit" bill. The bill seeks to not only undo Dodd-Frank, but all financial market regulation past, present, and future.

A Smart Investment: Skilled Early Childhood Workforce

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

At a time of fiscal uncertainty and the need to reexamine our public investment priorities, investments by government and public-private partnerships in the early childhood education workforce are a smart choice.

The Unpopularity of Cost-Benefit Analysis

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Rena Steinzor

Because CBA is so unpopular, it remains off-limits in broad swaths of public policy.

Will Cost-Benefit Analysis Seal the SEC's Fate as an Industry Lap Dog?

Barbara Roper | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Barbara Roper

Today the SEC stands at a crossroads. The decisions it makes, and the decisions that are made for it by Congress, will determine whether the agency can reemerge as a credible investor watchdog or whether it will be permanently relegated to industry lap dog status.

Losing a Loved One and Confronting the Heartlessness of Health Care Cost Control

David Ropeik | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

I want my loved one to get all the medication and medical attention that will carry him through his final days in comfort. I want to see him smile.

Why Regulators Say They're 'Paralyzed'

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - Some U.S. regulators are "paralyzed" by the threat of lawsuits from Wall Street...

Thirty Years of Regulatory Review

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Thirty years ago, President Reagan put cost-benefit analysis at the heart of how agencies like the EPA and OSHA do business and initiated one of the m...

Marcus Baram

'The Watchdog': Supreme Court Too Stupid To Understand CO2 Regs? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our new blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday America...

Obama's Executive Order: Olive Branch to Whom?

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The president's reaffirmation of the need for regulation shows a deep commitment to an aggressive agenda of agency regulation. The order is a solid step forward in the direction of more balanced review.

Hold the REINS: Regulations Generate Major Economic Benefits

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Slowing down the regulatory process often means imposing needless harms on the American public, from lives lost to unnecessary illness. In an attempt to reduce compliance costs for industry, this bill shifts greater costs onto everyone else.

The EPA's Dangerous Delay

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

A mini-firestorm erupted recently in response to the EPA's attempt to stall regulation meant to clean up mercury pollution from industrial plants. Are they caving to pressure?

Scrutinizing Inaction

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

With the announcement earlier this week that President Obama will nominate Jacob Lew to replace Peter Orszag at the Office of Management and Budget (O...

How Shall We Understand PMC? Let Us Count the Transaction Cost Dynamic Ways

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

With all due respect to 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning let's paraphrase her famous Sonnet 43 and ask the question, how shall we understa...

Give Thanks To Kathleen Sebelius For Saving 47,000 Women From Death By Cost-Benefit Analysis

George Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
George Lakoff

When arithmetic is added to mammogram statistics, it yields a clear case of a low probability event with major life-and-death consequences for tens of thousands of people.