Risk in Public Policy Making: Evaluating the Use and Misuse

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Date(s) - 12/15/200512:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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How do Americans? perceptions of risk affect public policy and regulatory decision- making? Empirical evidence shows that people?s assumptions about risk in their daily lives are often mistaken; this disconnect can lead to misguided and unnecessary regulation and poor public policy. A panel of experts on risk assessment shared their observations, explained how differing perceptions of risk affect our policy choices, and discussed these implications for national policy.

Dr. Sally Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in the W.H. Brady Program in Culture and Freedom.  Dr. Satel is author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001) and Drug Treatment: The Case for Coercion (AEI Press, 1999).  She is co-author, with Christina Hoff Sommers One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin?s Press, 2005).  She is staff psychiatrist at the Oasis Drug Treatment Clinic in Washington DC.

Fred M. Reiff, an engineer, is a former official of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization and author of The Precautionary Principle Under Fire: Detractors Continue to Challenge Chlorination as a Safe Water Solution for Developing Nations.

Dr. Richard Belzer, President of Regulatory Checkbook, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing the use of high quality, policy-neutral science and economics to inform regulatory decision-making.  He has over fifteen years? experience performing and reviewing regulatory analyses, including a ten-year stint as a career economist in OMB?s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

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