Environmental regulations can correct harmful market failures, but almost always come with a price. Policymakers often conduct benefit–cost analyses to help balance environmental goals with economic growth. Experts at RFF have produced a rich body of work on the measuring of both benefits and costs, as well evaluating how such analyses are conducted in practice.
Report — Sep 4, 2019
Environmental Projects in Urban Areas: Analysis to Support Corps of Engineers Project Planning and Budgeting
This report describes US Army Corps of Engineers planning and budget justification practices in coastal and estuarine environments—with a focus on urban settings—and explores the current and potential application of ecosystem services analysis to Corps decisionmaking.
Working Paper — Jul 11, 2019
The Cost-Effectiveness of Satellite Earth Observations to Inform a Post-Wildfire Response
This study demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of using satellite imagery to assess burned areas and prioritize response measures after a wildfire; it shows that, by using Landsat imagery, federal agencies can save up to $7.7 million per year in post-fire costs.
Report — Jun 10, 2019
How Clean is “Refined Coal”? An Empirical Assessment of a Billion-Dollar Tax Credit
Billions of dollars of taxpayer funds go to "refined" coal subsidies, but the associated emissions reductions may not meet the US tax code requirements.
Workshop/Seminar — Apr 5, 2017
A Conversation with Marcus Peacock
Marcus Peacock, serving as special advisor to US Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, appeared at RFF to discuss President Trump’s recent executive orders on regulatory policy.
Workshop/Seminar — Oct 4, 2012
Risk, Ambiguity and Climate Change
Conferences & Panels — Jun 22, 2009
New Ideas for Risk Regulation
Press Release — Jun 11, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Refined Coal Subsidies, with RFF's Brian Prest
This podcast explains the research behind a new paper on refined coal subsidies.
Press Release — Jun 10, 2019
How Clean Is “Refined Coal”? An Empirical Assessment of a Billion-Dollar Tax Credit
A study by RFF's Brian Prest and Alan Krupnick examines refined coal's impact on air quality using data on nearly all US coal-burning power plants.
Media Highlight — Jun 10, 2019
"U.S. senators target $1 billion a year coal subsidy, ask IRS for test results"
A study by RFF's Brian Prest and Alan Krupnick on refined coal subsidies is cited extensively in a Reuters article.