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Evaluating administrative burdens through SCM: some indications from the Italian experience


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  • Laura Cavallo

    (Prime Minister Office, Italy)

  • Giuseppe Coco

    (University of Bari)

  • Mario Martelli

    (University of Milan and Prime Minister Office, Italy)


A methodology to measure administrative burdens, based on the Dutch Standard Cost Model (SCM), has been applied in a large number of European countries, coupled in most cases with the commitment to a reduction target. This paper compares the application of the method in different national context and discusses its weaknesses and strengths against more complete forms of evaluation of the adequacy of regulation. The paper also discusses some indication arisen during the measurement of administrative burdens through SCM in Italy. Our main conclusion is that the SCM is a potentially useful tool and could provide motivation for culture change in policymaking. Its major strength, which lies mainly in its pragmatic approach and the possibility of commitment on a quantitative target, may be at the same time a source of weakness and may deliver some misleading results. Also some basic concepts of the model need a more rigorous definition to be consistently applied in different countries.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Metodi Matematici - Università di Bari in its series series with number 0023.

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Date of creation: Apr 2009
Date of revision: Apr 2009
Handle: RePEc:bai:series:wp0023

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Keywords: administrative burdens; better regulation; costs of regulation; European governance; standard cost model;

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  2. Hahn, Robert W. & Litan, Robert E., 2004. "Counting Regulatory Benefits and Costs: Lessons for the U.S. and Europe," Working paper 167, Regulation2point0.
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  1. Luca Barbone & Richard M. Bird & Jaime Vazquez-Caro, 2012. "The Costs of VAT: A Review of the Literature," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1222, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.


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