Dean Richard Revesz gave a keynote address on December 10 in Boston at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis. In his talk, "Eliminating Anti-Regulatory Biases," Revesz discussed the challenges awaiting the Obama administration in utilizing cost-benefit analysis in the administrative execution of its policies. Potential issues, Revesz said, include engaging progressive groups in discussion about cost-benefit analysis, eliminating anti-regulatory biases that have arisen due to the longstanding monopoly of anti-regulatory forces on the use of cost-benefit analysis, and how to assess the consequences of individual policies in the context of the aggregate effect of all policies. Revesz is the coauthor, with Michael Livermore '06, of the recent book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Public Health.

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