Just call me the Darren Rovell of environmental economics. I received this comment via twitter:
neither confuse big government with more efficient government, which is an even more frequent bias
The problem with that, and twitter in general, is there is little explanation for the comment. Is the tweeter saying that a benefit-cost analysis should be conducted to determine the most efficient amount of monitoring and enforcement? With only the tweet I must uncharitably assume that the tweeter is a knee jerk reactor who always prefers smaller government.
My reply is (in three tweets < 140 characters):
Why do you call that a "bias"? If you follow the link you'll notice that I'm suggested a benefit-cost analysis be used to determine the optimal size. Also, what evidence do you have that big government / more efficient is "even more frequent."