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Publication Date

11-1-1991

Series Information

Occasional Paper 96

Publisher

Center for the Study of American Business (CSAB), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130

Description

Debates over government regulation are often erroneously framed as a battle between business and the public interest. For government officials, however, regulation is an easy way to advance policy agendas without spending much federal money. But every time the government imposes new standards on the workplace or increases employee benefits, it imposes a more expensive method of production on businesses. Politicians are able to simultaneously vote for the better treatment of employees and criticize "greedy" companies. Consumers, meanwhile, suffer by paying for these hidden taxes.

Keywords

Government Regulation, Workplace, Hidden Tax, Policy

Disciplines

Economics | Public Policy

Comments

The Center for the Study of American Business (CSAB), 1975-2001, is the predecessor of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Permanent URL: http://dx.doi/org/10.7936/K7S46Q4H

DOI

doi:10.7936/K7S46Q4H

The Rising Presence of Government in the Workplace

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