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Estimating the Benefits of EPA's Regulations

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This report, Estimating the Benefits of Environmental Regulations for Improved Decision Making at EPA, reviews the policy analysis and research functions of a predecessor to the present National Center for Environmental Economics Program called the Benefits Branch as of June, 1984. Although the scope of the Branch and the report are considerably narrower than that of the current National Center for Enviornmental Economics, the discussion of the economic benefits of pollution control retains considerable relevance to 1998, when this report was adapted for use as an on-line report. The report also discusses the role of benefit-cost analysis in improving regulatory decisions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agendas for future actvities are developed and described as well. The report also serves as another introduction to the program of a predecessor of the National Center for Environmental Economics Program as it existed in the mid-1980s and the reports found elsewhere on this Website that resulted from that Program.

It must be emphasized, however, that there is no necessary relation between any statement made in the report to the viewpoints or activities of the current National Center for Environmental Economics.

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