The Institute for Policy Integrity uses economic analysis and law to promote better environmental, health, and consumer protection regulations. During the past year, Policy Integrity submitted 12 sets of detailed public comments to federal regulatory agencies on issues like mercury controls, fuel efficiency standards, and criminal sentencing guidelines. The organization was also the only non-profit permitted to submit an amicus brief for EPA on its tailoring rule, designed to exempt small polluters from strict Clean Air Act permitting requirements.
Earlier this April, Policy Integrity released Regulatory Red Herring, a report that looks at how economics can be used to evaluate the effects of environmental regulation on layoffs and hiring. The report also examines models that are used to make thinly-supported forecasts about jobs “killed” or “created” by public protections. These modeling tools have important limitations that are rarely communicated, leading to misunderstanding and counterproductive political debates. The report received press coverage at The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and a wide range of other outlets.
Policy Integrity hosted former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Cass Sunstein, earlier this spring for one of his few public speaking engagements. Mr. Sunstein gave a talk on the work performed at OIRA in bringing rigorous economic principles to regulatory questions. He also spoke of the challenges of employing an even-handed approach to regulation that balances private interests with the public good. The event gave students and academics an opportunity to engage with Mr. Sunstein on tools for implementing a 21st century regulatory system.
For more information on Policy Integrity and links to its publications, visit www.policyintegrity.org.