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Cost Effectiveness

The Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Which Would You Rather Be as an Organization -- Efficient or Effective?

Nourish International | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Nourish International

The difference between these two issues has been a point of contention within the sector over the last several years and the conversation is far from over.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Focus Is the Gateway to Business Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Focus doesn't get the respect it deserves in the business world. We hear a lot about motivation, stress, emotions, leadership, and team culture, but not much attention is paid to the role that focus plays in your ability to be productive. Well, I'm here to change all that.

The Case For Prevention: Saving More Dollars By Making More Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal.

While International Climate Negotiations Continue, the World's Ninth Largest Economy Takes an Important Step Forward

Robert Stavins | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

I'm referring to the CO2 cap-and-trade allowance auction held by the State of California. The fact that the auction ran smoothly and compliance entities and others put their money down is one important step in establishing the program's credibility.

PMC = Private Military Costs

David Isenberg | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One fiercely held, long asserted, if sparsely substantiated, talking point of the private military contracting (PMC) industry is that its cost-efficie...

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

Getting Data for the Debate: All Hail DTM

David Isenberg | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's suppose U.S. diplomats are serving in a dangerous, violent, conflict-ridden country. He or she obviously need to be protected in the course of performing the country's business.

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

Predictive Maintenance: Don’t Wonder ‘What Might Have Been?’ (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 09.16.2012 | Technology

For each roadblock of construction that slows down traffic and for most every subway route change that adds a couple minutes to your commute, there’...

Can Market Forces Really Be Employed to Address Climate Change?

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Unlike the environmental threats addressed successfully in past U.S. legislation, climate change is essentially unobservable to the general population.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

New Report Finds Great Cost Savings From Homeopathy

Dana Ullman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

In this day and age of economically-challenging times for both individuals and governments, this report from the Swiss government has confirmed the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.

The Swiss Government's Breakthrough Report On Homeopathic Medicine

Dana Ullman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

The Swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was just published in book form in English.

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Economics of the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings has just been published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London. Throug...

Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

The Cost-Savings Fantasy

David Isenberg | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

There is clearly only one story worth discussing. That is the report issued yesterday by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) comparing federal and private sector employee compensation.

Why Not Outsource? Let Us Count the Ways

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Advocates claim there is "oodles of evidence" supporting private military contracting, but when you ask them to point you to just a single peer reviewed journal article, one gets blank stares.

Planning for Effective Parenthood

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

If the goal is to cut spending, where is the long-term strategy to show, over time, how these cuts in spending will transform our nation into a healthier and more peaceful nation?

A Great Government Investment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

With all the talk about cutting budgets, the federal, state and local governments should invest more in an activity with a terrific ROI - aggressively...