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Is the Government Buying Science or Support? A Framework Analysis of Federal Funding-induced Biases

April 30, 2015

This study examines the extent to which bias infects the scietific research the federal government funds and uses to support its regulatory agenda.

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This study examines the extent to which bias infects the scietific research the federal government funds and uses to support its regulatory agenda. Federal agencies spend many billion dollars a year on scientific research, much if which is used to support various regulatory efforts. Questions are often raised whether private sector funding of research taints it or predetermines it's results, yet the same question could be asked of government research funding. Is the government buying science or support?

Author
David Wojick is a former consultant with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Department of Energy in the area of information and communication science.
dwojick@climatechangedebate.org
Author
Patrick J. Michaels is a Senior Research Fellow for Policy and Economic Development at George Mason University.
pmichaels@cato.org