The Very High Cost of Government Regulation and Red Tape


Because when smart people make great arguments regarding the burden of regulation, I feel it should be spread around.

International Liberty

In prior posts, I’ve shared some remarkable numbers on the cost of regulation.

But the long-run damage may be even worse than any of us suspected. Here are some details about a new study, as digested by Reason’s science expert.

The growth of federal regulations over the past six decades has cut U.S. economic growth by an average of 2 percentage points per year, according to a new study in the Journal of Economic Growth. As a result, the average American household receives about $277,000 less annually than it would have gotten in the absence of six decades of accumulated regulations—a median household income of $330,000 instead of the $53,000…

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2 Responses to “The Very High Cost of Government Regulation and Red Tape”

  1. There is a difference between regulation and blatant bureaucracy and red tape.

    • That goes without saying; but this is a question of scale, and at the moment the degree of regulation today in the US is rather extreme. And remember I’m not a ‘no government’ guy, I’m a small government guy.

      I think the article makes this point rather well.

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