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Weekly Policy Commentary: Objectives

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RFF's policy commentary series is intended to provide an easy way for students, academics, journalists, policy makers, and the general public to learn about economic and other aspects of important environmental, natural resource, energy, urban, and public health problems. Leading experts provide short, non-technical assessments of policy topics, summarizing the state of analysis or evidence on the issue, along with selected recommendations for further reading.

These commentaries are meant to be objective, which may mean that policy implications are nuanced and qualified. However, experts are welcome to express their own judgment, when evidence on a policy issue is not clear-cut. Our plan is to build up an extensive archive, where readers will be able to quickly turn for an expert's insights into a given issue.

The majority of commentaries deal with environmental issues such as climate policy, natural resource depletion, air and water pollution, environment and development, and agricultural/ environmental problems. Broader problems related to energy dependence, expansion and congestion of urban areas, and public health issues, such as disease transmission, also will be explored. Contributors are drawn largely from the academic and policy communities.

Our motivation for establishing this series is based on one of RFF's core philosophies: disseminating the findings from sound, objective research on the costs, benefits, and other effects of public policies in order to promote better policymaking. Any views expressed in the commentaries, which are not peer-reviewed, are those of the author. RFF does not take institutional positions on legislative or policy questions.



RFF is home to a diverse community of scholars dedicated to improving environmental policy and natural resource management through social science research. Resources for the Future provides objective and independent analysis and encourages scholars to express their individual opinions, which may differ from those of other RFF scholars, officers, and directors