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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Mar 17, 2014

With Congress at an impasse that’s likely to continue past the midterm elections, the administration is gearing up its regulatory activity so it can finish important initiatives before the end of President Obama’s term. Although the current administration has three years left to work on regulations, if the past is any guide, don’t expect a lot of them to be very well thought out.
Aug 05, 2013

Energy and fuel efficiency regulations aim to reduce emissions from power plants and slow increases in global temperatures. Proponents of such regulations, including the present administration, refer to these types of policies as "common sense" on a regular basis. But the recent energy efficiency rules proposed by the Department of Energy and other agencies are being justified on the basis of correcting "irrational" consumer behavior, not on the basis of benefits to the environment.
Jul 09, 2013

The Senate recently confirmed Howard Shelanski to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Shelanski is by all accounts a thoughtful scholar, and one of the first things he should try to solve is the long-standing transparency problem in federal regulation.
Jan 09, 2013

It has been more than five years since the financial crisis began and more than two years since the passage of the legislative response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The nature and magnitude of the effects of the largest piece of financial legislation in generations will become clearer as regulators exercise the broad discretion given them under the act. Regulators’ efforts at implementation are far from complete, with many of the rules still unwritten and others not yet in effect. Regardless of how the rules are written, the act will certainly have far-reaching effects on the financial system and our economy.


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