Costs of Regulation

PEMD-95-24R: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of federal regulations, focusing on one economist's estimates of the costs of environmental, economic, and certain social regulations. GAO noted that: (1) there is disagreement on whether process and transfer costs should be included in estimates of regulatory costs; (2) excluding these costs will decrease cost estimates by more than one-half; and (3) the percentage of gross domestic product devoted to regulatory costs was 4.6 percent in 1977, 3.6 percent in 1990, and 4.1 percent in 1994.

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