Is Regulation to Blame for the Decline in American Entrepreneurship?
Nathan Goldschlag, Alex Tabarrok; Is regulation to blame for the decline in American entrepreneurship?, Economic Policy, Volume 33, Issue 93, 1 January 2018, Pages 5–44, https://doi.org/10.1093/epolic/eix019
46 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2015 Last revised: 20 Oct 2018
Date Written: December 1, 2014
Mounting evidence suggests that economic dynamism and entrepreneurial activity are declining in the United States. Over the past 30 years, the annual number of new business startups and the pace of job reallocation have declined significantly. We ask whether this decline in dynamism can be explained by federal regulation. We combine measures of dynamism with RegData, a novel dataset leveraging the text of the Code of Federal Regulations to create annual measures of the total quantity of regulation by industry. We find that rising federal regulation cannot explain secular trends in economic dynamism.
Keywords: regulation, entrepreneurship, job creation, job destruction
JEL Classification: E60, G18, M13, J63
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