Environmental Economics

Enhancing the Efficiency of Environmental Regulation

The purpose of this report is to identify respects in which, the pursuit of economic efficiency in rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been inhibited due to statutory or administrative reasons. The report also explains why impediments to efficiency have arisen and what types of research would be helpful to illustrate the size of the efficiency losses that result. The report suggests that changes might be made in those areas where efficiency losses are large and the original rationale for the impediments are no longer persuasive. Hence the study focuses on the most economically significant features of the EPA's statutory programs, and the important obstacles and justifications in those areas are identified where possible. Research opportunities that would illuminate present inefficiencies are suggested. Common threads are identified and recommendations made.

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Major Programs and Media
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Surveys and Critiques
    Environmental Media:
    f. Multimedia
    Dower, Roger C.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0055
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Environmental Law Institute and Resources for the FutureAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20036
    Phone: Fax:
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009