The Nelson-Noll policy preference mirror and other approaches to policy decisionmaking applied to the New York/Huntsville assignment problem

by Rolla Edward Park

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Discussion of Forrest Nelson and Roger Noll, "In Search of Scientific Regulation: The UHF Allocation Experiment," presented at the Sixth Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Airlie, Virginia, May 1978. The Nelson-Noll paper describes an innovative way to measure policymakers' preference for assignment of television channels to various cities. The discussion compares the Nelson-Noll results to more traditional methods of policy decisionmaking. For example, the Nelson-Noll approach leads to a more equal distribution of channels, and lower aggregate benefits to viewers, than does traditional cost-benefit analysis.

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