Jobs And Regulation — More Complicated Than Republicans Say
Republicans trying to deregulate often lead their argument with the idea that “regulations cost jobs.” I don’t really blame them. This argument has the attractiveness of plausibility, and certainly in some cases it is also true. But the Republicans are not known for nuance and it turns out that the real world is more complicated than they argue. According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute:
Careful review of the available evidence indicates that regulations do not tend to significantly impede job creation. To the contrary, the evidence shows that an emphasis on deregulation can contribute to enormous economic dislocation. Moreover, regulations have generally and consistently struck a reasonable balance, with their benefits to health, safety, and well-being far exceeding their costs.
This follows on the heels of an EPA report (admittedly not an entirely unbiased source) about the economic benefits of environmental regulations. Now if only we could get the critics of regulation to acknowledge that there are two sides to the regulation argument, maybe we could get somewhere. Probably too much to hope for though.Click here for reuse options!
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