A Progress Report on RAND's Regulatory Policies and Institutions Program

by George C. Eads

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An edited version of a briefing given at RAND in February 1979 to report progress in establishing the Regulatory Policies and Institutions Program. It is divided into four parts: (1) background material organized around the changing character of regulation in America; (2) a description of some of the important characteristics of the program, e.g., how it has been designed to draw heavily on RAND traditional strengths and how it differs in some respects both from other RAND programs and from regulatory programs elsewhere; (3) a brief overview of two studies presently under way within the program on cross subsidization in federal regulation (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) and on the economic feasibility of regulatory options for controlling fluorocarbon emissions from nonaerosol sources (sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency); and (4) a description of five areas where it seems especially fruitful to consider beginning research at this time.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Note series. The note was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

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