Richard Belzer is managing director of Neutral Source, Inc. and managing editor of neutralsource.org, our eponymous blog. Neutral Source is a nonprofit public charity under IRC section 501(c)(3).
He also is president of Regulatory Checkbook, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that performs research and sponsors educational programs related to regulatory science, economics, peer review and information quality.
From 1998-2001, Belzer was visiting professor of public policy at Washington University in St. Louis and regulatory program manager for the university’s Center for the Study of American Business. From 1988-1998, Belzer was a civil service staff economist in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is the president’s agent for regulatory oversight, administration of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and implementation of government-wide policies on information quality. While at OMB, Belzer earned division performance awards in 1991 and 1992, and a special achievement award in 1990.
Belzer has earned degrees in public policy (Ph.D., Harvard University 1989; M.P.P.. John F. Kennedy School of Government 1982) and agricultural economics (M.S., University of California, Davis 1980; B.S. University of California, Davis 1979). He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He served as SRA’s elected Treasurer from 1998-2002; Past Treasurer in 2003; and in 2003 received the Society’s Outstanding Service Award.
- “Using Comparative Exposure Analyses to Validate Low-Dose Human Health Risk Assessment: The Case Of Perchlorate,” in Linkov, I. and Ramadan, A. eds. Comparative Risk Assessment and Environmental Decision Making. Kluwer, 2004 (with GM Bruce, MK Peterson, and RC Pleus).*
- “Selecting, Implementing, and Tracking Ecological Risk Management Decisions: Necessary Elements of an Effective Decisionmaking Framework,” Chapter 5 in Ecological Risk Management: A Framework for and Approaches to Ecological Risk-based Decisionmaking, Ralph G. Stahl, et al., eds., Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, (57-74) 2001 (with Peter deFur and David Clarke)*
- “Using Economic Principles for Ecological Risk Management,” Chapter 6 in Ecological Risk Management: A Framework for and Approaches to Ecological Risk-based Decisionmaking, Ralph G. Stahl et al., eds., Pensacola, Fl.: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, (75-90) 2001.*
- “Getting Beyond ‘Grin and Bear It’ in the Practice of Risk Management,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 72:2 (137-148), 2001.*
- “Discounting Across Generations: Necessary, not Suspect,” Risk Analysis, 20:6 (779-792), 2000.*
- “EPA Pats Itself on the Back,” Regulation 23:3 (23-28), 2000 (with Randall Lutter).
- “HACCP Principles for Regulatory Analysis” in The Economics of HACCP: Costs and Benefits, Laurian J. Uhnevehr, ed. St. Paul, Minn.: Eagan Press, 2000.*
- “OMB Report on Regulation Flunks CSAB Test: Comments on the OMB’s ‘Draft [Third] Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulation’” Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000.
- “Independent Regulatory Oversight: A New Path to Regulatory Reform,” Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University in St. Louis, 1999.
- “Star Trek Economics: Discounting with Anomalies in the Time-Space Continuum,” in Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (PSAM 4): Volume 4, Ali Mosleh and Robert A. Bari, eds., London: Springer-Verlag, (2359-2364), 1998.*
- “Staking Out Risk Management,” in Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (PSAM 4): Volume 3, Ali Mosleh and Robert A. Bari, eds., London: Springer-Verlag, (1985-1990), 1998.*
- “The Common Sense Imperative of Benefit-Cost Analysis: An Old Idea with Compelling Public Interest Credentials,” Risk Policy Report, October 20, 1995.
- “Superfund’s Insatiability,” Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 11:4, 1995.
- “Criteria for Evaluating Results Obtained from Contingent Valuation Methods,” in Valuing Food Safety, Julie Caswell, ed. (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press), 1995 (with Richard P. Theroux).*
- “Is Reducing Risk the Real Objective of Risk Management?” in Worst Things First?, Adam Finkel and Domenic Golding, eds. Baltimore, Md.: Johns-Hopkins Press, 1994.
- “Risk Assessment and Benefit‑Cost Analysis in U.S. Risk Management Decision Making,” in Risk Management 1992: An International Conference, London: UK Health and Safety Executive, 1994.
- “Regulating Risk: An OMB Perspective,” in Regulating Risk, Washington, D.C.: National Safety Council, 1993.
- “The Peril and Promise of Risk Assessment,” Regulation, Fall 1991.
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