Regulatory Complexity and Policy Uncertainty: Headwinds of Our Own Making
46 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2016 Last revised: 3 May 2017
Date Written: April 29, 2017
The U.S. regulatory system has grown increasingly expansive, intrusive and complex in recent decades, its tax system has become ridiculously complicated, and its economic policies have become less predictable. I present several pieces of evidence related to these developments and discuss some of their costs. I then sketch some ideas to arrest or reverse these developments. In this regard, I stress the importance of simplicity in regulatory design, the advantages of policy designs that foster predictable regulatory responses, and the need for new institutions to restrain ineffective, excessively burdensome and capricious regulations.
Keywords: policy uncertainty, regulation, taxes
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