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Risk Assessment and Economic Regulation

Bridging the gap between regulatory analysis and risk assessment has become increasingly more important in public policy due to the complex array of supporting documents that the regulatory decision maker must consider. This December 7, 2000 interdisciplinary conference looked at various approaches to integrate economics with risk assessment in human, animal, plant, and environmental health regulation. Speakers from the fields of risk assessment, ecology, epidemiology, plant and veterinary sciences, economics, decision science, and public policy presented case studies. Discussions identified the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. A white paper that evaluating the effectiveness of various methods for use in regulatory analysis is available on the USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis website.





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