James Broughel

James Broughel

  • Program Manager, Regulatory Studies Program

James Broughel is program manager of the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center. Mr. Broughel is a doctoral student in the economics program at George Mason University. He earned his MA in economics from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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Published Research


Policy Briefs

John D. Graham , James Broughel | Apr 13, 2015
While agencies must have some leeway to carry out their missions and prioritize activities, agencies have many opportunities to evade checks and balances altogether via an array of mechanisms that circumvent the traditional rulemaking process. Congress and the president have many options available to strike a better balance between agency discretion and agency evasion of notice-and-comment and economic analysis requirements.
Jerry Ellig, James Broughel | Jul 16, 2013
For more than three decades, presidents have instructed executive branch agencies to use the results of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIAs) when deciding whether and how to regulate. Scores from the Mercatus Center’s Regulatory Report Card—an in-depth evaluation of the quality and use of regulatory analysis conducted by executive branch agencies— show that agencies often fail to explain how RIAs affected their decisions. For this reason, regulatory reform should require agencies to conduct analysis before making decisions and explain how the analysis affected the decisions.
Jerry Ellig, James Broughel | Jun 22, 2012
This Mercatus on Policy explores the importance of baselines in assessing the benefits and costs of federal regulations.
James Broughel, Jerry Ellig | Feb 21, 2012
This Mercatus on Policy shows how regulatory process reforms should require agencies to thoroughly analyze alternatives and publish that analysis for public comment before they propose a regulation.

Testimony & Comments

Speeches & Presentations

Expert Commentary

By James Broughel, Robert Michaels |
Mar 23, 2015

Protecting the environment is a priority for many Americans, and the U.S. Department of Energy applies numerous standards intended to reduce energy use and its environmental impacts, while hopefully also saving Americans money on monthly utility bills. Unfortunately, a recent regulatory proposal suggests that energy efficiency policies fail to deliver many of these promised benefits.
Nov 10, 2014

Now that the midterm elections have confirmed two more years of divided government, speculation runs rampant as to how the president will use his vaunted pen to enact his agenda via regulations. The more ominous danger, however, is not a regulatory surge after this election, but the tsunami that could occur after the presidential election in 2016.
Sep 08, 2014

A proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to require federal agencies to assess the effects of regulations on the poor continues to generate considerable debate — a debate, which is long overdue.
Aug 26, 2014

Forty years ago, the Code of Federal Regulations was just under 68,000 pages in length. Since then, over 100,000 pages have been added, and there are now well over 1 million restrictions with which Americans must comply. As these requirements grow year after year, the problems with our regulatory system mount.


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