Richard B. Belzer

Associate Fellow

R Street Institute

Richard B. Belzer

Associate Fellow

R Street Institute

Since 2001, Dr. Richard Belzer has been an independent consultant in regulation, risk, economics and information quality. Previously he was a visiting professor of public policy at Washington University in St. Louis and economist in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. He received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (1989), Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government (now Harvard Kennedy School) (1982), and MS and BS degrees in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis (1979, 1980). He is a regular contributor to scholarly professions through journal peer review and service to professional societies. He was elected Treasurer of the Society for Risk Analysis (1998, 2000) elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (2008, 2010, 2012). He earned multiple awards for exemplary performance at OMB, the SRA’s Distinguished Service Award (2003), and the SBCA’s Richard O. Zerbe, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (2017). In 1995, he was named a Fellow of the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society. In 2017, Dr. Belzer completed a 2-year term as a member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Panel on Economy-wide Modeling. He serves as a member of the RTP Energy and Environment Working Group.

Contributions

Strengthening the Information Quality Act to Improve Transparency and Regulatory Quality

Richard B. Belzer

April 30, 2021

In a recent Food and Drug Law Journal article, the Heritage Foundation’s Daren Bakst discusses how to strengthen the Information Quality Act (IQA), a law that could help to improve both the transparency and quality of information disseminated by federal agencies, and improve federal rulemaking that relies on this information.

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Deep Dive Episode 111 – The Truth About the EPA’s Science Transparency Rule

May 15, 2020

Richard Belzer, Daren Bakst, and Adam White discuss a proposed rule that would require the EPA to make public important information underlying both significant regulatory actions and influential scientific information disseminated by the Agency.

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Deep Dive Episode 29 – Analyzing how EPA is Addressing “Secret Science”

April 24, 2018

Daren Bakst (The Heritage Foundation) and Richard B. Belzer Ph.D. discuss EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent announcement on “secret science” and “how transparency in government can be strengthened and better inform policymaking.”

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