Information and Uncertainty in Regulatory Processes: Evidence from the Implementation of EPA Waivers
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 24(2):267-288, 2014
Posted: 1 Feb 2012 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2014
Agencies must simultaneously weigh technical information along with the political and distributive consequences of their decisions. In a study of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of federal pesticide policy, I show that the EPA accounts for both risk and constituency factors. I model the sequence of steps in the decision process to show the effects of both uncertainty and information in the EPA’s decisions. This is accomplished by estimating a competing risks model of the timing of the agency’s decisions.
Keywords: Regulation, Information, Uncertainty, Environmental Protection
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