Cost-Benefit Analysis for the 21st Century

Speaker: Michael A. Livermore, Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law, Communities and Environment (PLACE) at the University of Virginia School of Law.

The Weidenbaum Center is pleased to host Professor Michael A. Livermore to talk about his recent book with co-author Richard Revesz, Reviving Rationality: Saving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Sake of the Environment and Our Health. 

Michael A. Livermore joined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law in 2013 and serves as director of the Program in Law, Communities and the Environment (PLACE). He teaches courses on environmental law, regulation and legal technology. His research focuses on environmental law, cost-benefit analysis and the application of data science techniques to legal texts. He frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with researchers in other academic fields, including economics, computer science, neurology and the humanities.

Professor Livermore is the author of dozens of academic works, which have appeared in top law journals as well as peer-reviewed legal, scientific, and social science journals. He is a leading expert on the use of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate regulation. Prior to joining the faculty, Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, a think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making. In that capacity, he participated in dozens of regulatory proceedings on a diverse set of issues ranging from climate change to prison safety.

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