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

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Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Whitford, Andrew B., Information and Uncertainty in Regulatory Processes: Evidence from the Implementation of EPA Waivers (2014). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 24(2):267-288, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1996569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1996569

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