Working Papers


Matthew S. Johnson. “Does Cleaning the Air Affect Workers’ Health? How Firms Manage Competing Regulatory Demands.”

Jonathan B. Wiener. “Precautionary Principle.” Draft of 14 February 2018. Chapter entry for the volume on Principles of Environmental Law (Ludwig Krämer and Emanuela Orlando, eds.) of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Michael Faure, ed.), IUCN and Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2018.


The Rethinking Regulation Working Paper Series provides a forum for faculty and students working across disciplines, who are exploring issues of regulatory governance and dilemmas of regulatory design and policy, to disseminate their research.

Papers 11-14 are products of student research for the Bass Connections at Duke project “Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation.”

15. Andrea Renda. Searching for Harm or Harming Search? A look at the European Commission’s antitrust investigation against Google.”

14. A. Catherine Preston. Regulatory Responses to Post-1970 Chemical Disasters.”

13. Emily Pechar. Commissioning the Truth: Evaluating Commissions of Inquiry as a Policy Response to Crisis Events.”

12. Jonathon Free and A. Catherine Preston.The Effectiveness of Independent Investigatory Agencies in the United States: A Comparison of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.”

11. David Cheang and Megan Hayes. A Review of European Institutional Approaches to Independent Accident Investigation.”

10. Matthew Adler. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Distributional Weights: An Overview.”

9. Lesley K. McAllister. Harnessing Private Regulation.”

8. Lewis A. Grossman. FDA and the Rise of the Empowered Consumer.”

7. Sean H. Vanatta. Conflicts of Interest: Regulated Self-Regulation and the 1963 SEC Special Study.”

6. Tim Büthe. “Distributional Consequences of Transnational Private Regulation: Institutional Complementarity as a Structural Source of Power in Global Product and Financial Markets.”

5. Matthew Adler and Paul Dolan. “Introducing A ‘Different Lives’ Approach To The Valuation of Health and Well-Being.”

4. Matthew Adler, James K. Hammitt, and Nicolas Treich. “The Social Value of Mortality Risk Reduction: VSL vs. the Social Welfare Function Approach.”

3. Matthew Adler, “Happiness Surveys and Public Policy: What’s the Use?

2. Edward Balleisen and Elizabeth Brake, “Historical Perspective and Better Regulatory Governance: An Agenda for Institutional Reform.”

1. Edward Balleisen, “Rights of Way, Red Flags, and Safety Valves: Business Self-Regulation and State-Building in the United States, 1850-1940.”