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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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.
Jul 22, 2014

To improve the present situation, OIRA needs more resources. The agency's budget and staffing levels have fallen significantly over time, even as regulatory agency spending continues to swell. OIRA should have the authority to review all guidance documents, policy memos, waivers and other agency publications.
May 16, 2014

Unfortunately, the myopic gaze of regulators will often focus on the issue in front of them and ignore important tradeoffs. The peril here is that we will likely see policies with costs that are out of proportion to the benefits they produce. If policymakers really want to improve general welfare, they should care less about energy efficiency and start worrying about economic efficiency.

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