Economics for Health and the Environment
health, and safety regulations enacted in the past thirty
years, some of our society's proudest accomplishments,
are under siege today. An economic critique of traditional
regulation, which was gaining strength in the 1990s,
has become increasingly influential in policy-making.
in Economics for Health and the Environment addresses
the need expressed by advocates for responses to cost-benefit
analysis and anti-environmental economic arguments.
Our projects are designed to help build the capabilities
of environmental organizations to respond to anti-environmental
arguments couched in economic terms. Our work demonstrates
the weakness of the new anti-environmental economics,
in theory and in practice, and contributes to the growing
body of affirmative economics supporting precautionary
approaches to public policy.
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"Why Metrics Matter: Evaluating Policy Choices for Reactive Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed," by Melissa B.L. Birch, Benjamin M. Gramig, William R. Moomaw, Otto C. Doering III and Carson J. Reeling. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 168-174, 2011.
Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution, by Frank Ackerman, Island Press, 2008. This book shows how the misuse of cost-benefit analysis is impeding efforts to clean up and protect our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals.
"The Economics of Atrazine," by Frank Ackerman; International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, volume 13 no. 4, (Oct-Dec 2007), pp.441-449.
“European Chemical Policy and the United States: The Impacts of REACH,” by Frank Ackerman, Liz Stanton, and Rachel Massey. September, 2006.
Can Climate Change Save Lives? A comment on “Economy-wide estimates of the implications of climate change: Human health,” by Frank Ackerman and Liz Stanton. September 2006.
"Implications of REACH for the Developing Countries," by Frank Ackerman (principal author), Liz Stanton, Rachel Massey, Brian Roach, and others; report from the International Chemical Secretariat (Chemsec) to the European Parliament. March, 2006. Also available in French: "Les Implications De Reach Pour Les Pays En Développement"
Unbearable Lightness of Regulatory Costs,"
by Frank Ackerman. February, 2006.
Industry and Sustainable Chemistry: The Benefits of
Clean Development," by Frank Ackerman
and Rachel Massey, October 2005. Also available translated
into French: "Industrie
Française Et Chimie Durable : Les Bénéfices
Du Développement Propre"
a Healthy Economy: Chemicals Risk Management as a Driver
of Development," by Rachel Massey,
report for the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate, September
Ripple Effect", by Frank Ackerman,
an op-ed article about REACH published in Parliament
Magazine, a magazine from Brussels (in English),
REACH: A Guide for Companies that Use Chemicals",
by Rachel Massey, The International Chemical Secretariat
(Chemsec), March 2005. Also available in German [link
to German version].
True Costs of REACH", by Frank Ackerman
and Rachel Massey, Nordic Council of Ministers, December
On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of
by Frank Ackerman and Lisa Heinzerling, The New Press,
2004. This book critiques the arguments used to justify
the current attacks on health, safety, and the environment.
Cost-Benefit, and the Price of Life",
by Frank Ackerman, The Environmental Law Institute,
2004. Reprinted by Permission from The Environmental
Forum, September/October, 2004.
Turf Management at Tufts" by Shannon Nally with Rachel Massey, Caleb
McClennen, and Dina Dubson. A project of the Tufts Institute
for the Environment (TIE) and the Global Development
and Environment Institute (GDAE), September 2004.
Cost-Benefit Analysis to Past Decision: Was Protecting
the Environment Ever a Good Idea?", by
Frank Ackerman, Lisa Heinzerling, and Rachel Massey,
Center for Progressive Regulation White Paper
#401, July 2004.
Firewalls: The Continuing Triumph of Efficiency over
Safety in Regulating Mad Cow Risks", by
Thomas O. McGarity with Frank Ackerman, a report from
the Center for Progressive Regulation, July 2004.
Outer Bounds of the Possible: Economic Theory, Precaution,
and Dioxin", by Frank
Ackerman. In this paper, given at the Dioxin
2003 conference, Frank Ackerman explores the economic
rationale for the precautionary principle, and sketches
the application of the theory to policy toward dioxin.
Economics of Phasing Out PVC", by
and Rachel Massey. An in-depth analysis of the
economics of phasing out polyvinyl chloride (PVC) finds
that good substitutes are available for countless PVC
products; contrary to widespread fears, the costs of
a phaseout will be modest. December 2003.
of Preventable Childhood Illness: The Price We Pay for
Pollution", by Rachel Massey and Frank
Ackerman. Global Development and Environment Institute
Working Paper 03-09, September 2003.
with Precaution", by Frank Ackerman and
Rachel Massey. In this commissioned report for the Massachusetts-based
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the authors argue that
implementing the precautionary principle is not just
good science, it is also good economics. (Report published
the Priceless: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental
Regulation, by Frank Ackerman and Lisa Heinzerling,
published by the Environmental Law and Policy Institute
of the Georgetown University Law Center, 2002.
to PVC: An Economic Analysis," by Frank
Ackerman, presentation delivered at the U.S. Green Building
Conference in Austin, Texas, November 2002.
to EPA on Power Plant Regulations: GDAE
submitted two sets of comments to the US Environmental
Protection Agency on its cost-benefit analysis of regulating
power plant cooling water intake systems. (August
2002 comments; June
and Abuses of Economic Analysis in Setting Stormwater
Regulations", Comments by Frank Ackerman
on EPA's proposal to regulate stormwater runoff from
construction and development sites.
Huggers No Longer!" by Frank Ackerman, a review
of Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring
the State of the Real World, as it appeared in The Nation,
March 25, 2002.
Risk Economics: Gambling on Cost-Benefit Analysis for
Arsenic Standards." Comments submitted to the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, August 2000.
the Prices Wrong: The Limits of Market-Based Environmental
Policy."Frank Ackerman and Kevin Gallagher,
GDAE Working Paper 00-05. October 2000.
Billion-Dollar Bonus", by Kayo Tajima and
Frank Ackerman, op-ed article from The Boston Globe
on the value of creating open spaces following
major highway project.