Institute for Policy Integrity

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The Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) is, in its own words, a "non-partisan advocacy organization and think-tank dedicated to improving the quality of governmental decisionmaking." It "advocates for sound cost-benefit analysis at the state, national, and global levels" and is also "dedicated to contributing original scholarly research in the areas of environmental, public health, and safety policy." It was founded in 2008 by Richard L. Revesz (Dean of the NYU Law School) and Michael A. Livermore (its executive director until taking a faculty position at the University of Virginia School of Law), based on the principles outlined in Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health, co-authored by both men.[1]

Ron Arnold, founder of the industry-front and anti-environmentalist Wise Use Movement and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise (CDFE), wrote of IPI in his "Left Tracking Library" (a project of CDFE) that its "activities are based on the radical 'cost-benefit analysis' theory of NYU Law School Dean Richard L. Revesz, which uses standard cost-benefit analysis to design appropriate regulations, but adds 'emotion' and 'compassion' for the environment to the cost valuations -- however, leaving out emotion and compassion for the people whose lives are harmed or wrecked by the proposed regulations."[2]

Contact Information

Institute for Policy Integrity
New York University School of Law
Wilf Hall
139 MacDougal Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 992-8932
Fax: (212) 995-4592
Contact Edna Ishayik for media inquiries: (212) 998-6085 or ednai AT nyu DOT edu
Twitter handle: @PolicyIntegrity

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External Resources


  1. Institute for Policy Integrity, About, organizational website, accessed May 2013.
  2. Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, Institute for Policy Integrity, Left Tracking Library, accessed May 2013.
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