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Cost-Benefit Analysis and Regulatory Reform: An Assessment of the Science and Art

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  • Krupnick, Alan

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    (Resources for the Future)

  • Toman, Michael
  • Kopp, Raymond

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    (Resources for the Future)

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The continuing efforts in the 104th Congress to legislate requirements for cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and the revised Office of Management and Budget guidelines for the conduct of such assessments during a regulatory rulemaking process highlight the need for a comprehensive examination of the role that CBA can play in agency decision-making. This paper summarizes the state of knowledge regarding CBA and offers suggestions for improvement in its use, especially in the context of environmental regulations.

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