Regulation of Chemicals, Radiation, and Biotechnology

Lectures, class discussion, two exams, short writing assignments(s). Focuses on policy design and evaluation in the regulation of hazardous substances and processes. Includes weekly classes on risk assessment, industrial chemicals, pesticides, food contaminants, pharmaceuticals, radiation and radioactive wastes, product safety, workplace hazards, indoor air pollution, biotechnology, victims' compensation, and administrative law. Health and economic consequences of regulation, as well as its potential to spur technology changes, are discussed for each regulatory regime.