Friday, September 21, 2012

Farber's Suggestions for Regulatory Reform

Spurred by an upcoming conference on conservative approaches to environmental protection at Duke, Dan Farber (here) offers some good suggestions for regulatory reform, which should appeal to sensible conservatives. I would offer one further suggestion:

Congress should give EPA and the states more authority to design real regulatory experiments (with control groups) to gather data on the variables that influence the relative effectiveness and efficiency of different approaches to regulatory policy in varying circumstances. This is not just a matter of giving more regulatory discretion to regulators, but more in the nature of limited authorizations to design and carry out what amount to field experiments to determine combined social-ecological consequences, with evaluated outcomes feeding back into the policy process.

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