Where Regulation Did and Did Not Intensify, 2000-2010

As Republicans go on the attack about excessive regulation under the Obama Administration, it’s worth noting two things. First, the regulatory state started growing under President George Bush, as I showed in my posts The Age of Regulation Started Ten Years Ago and Homeland Security and the Regulatory Burden. Homeland Security accounts for roughly 90% of the increase in federal regulatory employment over the past ten years.

The second point is that the growth of regulation over the past ten years has been quite uneven, even outside of Homeland Security. Take a look at the chart below.

You can see that workplace and the environment has lagged in terms of regulatory employment. Just something to keep in mind. Some of the big gainers were the FDA, the SEC, and the NRC.

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Michael Mandel was BusinessWeek's chief economist from 1989-2009, where he helped direct the magazine's coverage of the domestic and global economies.

Since joining BusinessWeek in 1989, he has received multiple awards for his work, including being honored as one of the 100 top U.S. business journalists of the 20th century for his coverage of the New Economy. In 2006 Mandel was named "Best Economic Journalist" by the World Leadership Forum.

Mandel is the author of several books, including Rational Exuberance, The Coming Internet Depression, and The High Risk Society.

Mandel holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

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