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Measuring and Managing the Costs of Red Tape: A Review of Recent Policy Developments


  • Tim Keyworth


Over the last few years, red tape has come to be identified as an important policy area, and there has been rapid and relatively widespread adoption--in one form or another--of a Dutch-developed set of reforms aimed at significantly reducing the costs of compliance with government-imposed obligations to provide information (which have come to be referred to as 'administrative burdens'). This paper begins by examining the characteristics of the policy problems that these reforms are intended to address, and highlighting some of the challenges that the reforms can be expected to face. The Dutch-developed approach, and the UK adaptation of it, are then described, and specific ways in which the reforms have sought to influence information and incentive conditions--so as to generate reductions in administrative burdens--are assessed. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Tim Keyworth, 2006. "Measuring and Managing the Costs of Red Tape: A Review of Recent Policy Developments," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 22(2), pages 260-273, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:22:y:2006:i:2:p:260-273

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    1. Jacopo Torriti & Eka Ikpe, 2015. "Administrative costs of regulation and foreign direct investment: the Standard Cost Model in non-OECD countries," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 151(1), pages 127-144, February.
    2. Eichfelder, Sebastian & Vaillancourt, François, 2014. "Tax compliance costs: A review of cost burdens and cost structures," arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research 178, arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre.
    3. Sebastian Eichfelder & François Vaillancourt, 2014. "Tax Compliance Costs: A Review of Cost Burdens and Cost Structures," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 210(3), pages 111-148, September.
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