Regulations and Inequality: How Government Overreach Hurts the Poor


Regulations advance product safety, environmental quality, and sound business practices, but the consequences of poorly designed and implemented rules are more severe than previously thought. Regulatory accumulation has a disproportionately negative impact on the poorest and most vulnerable Americans. From increased poverty and income inequality to reduced entrepreneurialism and upward mobility, the consequences of bad policy are grave.

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Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Policy Analytics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Dustin Chambers, Senior Affiliated Scholar Professor of Economics at Salisbury University

Colin O'Reilly, Associate Professor at Heider College of Business

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