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Occasional Paper 96
Center for the Study of American Business (CSAB), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130
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.
Government Regulation, Workplace, Hidden Tax, Policy
Economics | Public Policy
Weidenbaum, Murray L., "The Rising Presence of Government in the Workplace", Occasional Paper 96, 1991, doi:10.7936/K7S46Q4H.
Murray Weidenbaum Publications, http://openscholarship.wustl.edu/mlw_papers/115.