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How Changes in the Federal Register Can Help Improve Regulatory Accountability


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  • Hahn, Robert W.


See Hahn for a more recent analysis published in the Administrative Law Review. Congress has recently become more receptive to using economic analysis in regulatory decisionmaking. To improve regulation, an important first step is to provide useful information that is accessible to the public and other interested parties. The government is an essential source of that information for many federal regulations. Within the government, a central repository of information on regulation is the Federal Register. This paper examines how the Federal Register could be used to improve the regulatory process by providing information to interested parties in a "user-friendly' format." Two important conclusions emerge from this analysis. First, Federal Register notices that present regulatory analysis currently exhibit a great deal of variation in the kind of information that is presented. Second, with some key changes in the requirements for including and presenting information, the content of these notices could be improved dramatically. While this analysis focuses on federal regulation in the U.S., the findings and policy recommendations are readily applicable to other jurisdictions dealing with regulatory reform in and outside of the U.S.

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Paper provided by Regulation2point0 in its series Working paper with number 166.

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Date of creation: Sep 1998
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Handle: RePEc:reg:wpaper:166

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  1. Arrow, Kenneth J. & Cropper, Maureen L. & Eads, George C. & Hahn, Robert W. & Lave, Lester B. & Noll, Roger G. & Portney, Paul R. & Russell, Milton & Schmalensee, Richard L. & Smith, V. Kerry & Stavin, 1996. "Benefit-Cost Analysis in Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation: A Statement of Principles," Working paper 615, Regulation2point0.
  2. Christopher DeMuth & Robert W. Hahn & Robert E. Litan & Robert W. Crandall, 2009. "An Agenda for Federal Regulatory Reform," Books, American Enterprise Institute, number 24055, December.
  3. Cornell, N. & Noll, Roger G. & Weingast, B., . "Safety Regulation," Working Papers 122, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  4. Robert W. Hahn & Robert E. Litan, 2009. "Improving Regulatory Accountability," Books, American Enterprise Institute, number 24578, December.
  5. Hahn, Robert W., 1999. "Regulatory Reform: Assessing the Government's Numbers," Working paper 268, Regulation2point0.
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