Darryl L. DePriest is the seventh presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed Chief Counsel for the Office of Advocacy.
Prior to joining the Small Business Administration Office of...
Research Summary No. 163
A Survey of Regulatory Burdens
by Thomas D. Hopkins
1995. 128p. Diversified Research Inc., Irvington, NY 10533
under contract no. SBA-8029-OA-93
Compliance with regulation imposes burdens on businesses for which they receive no explicit benefits or compensation. Despite widespread recognition that the scope of regulation is broad and its economic impact large, systematic efforts to track and account for regulatory burdens on firms are uncommon.
This study is motivated by the Office of Advocacy's statutory mandate to "measure the direct cost and other effects of government regulations on small business" and to "recommend specific measures for creating an environment in which all businesses will have the opportunity to compete effectively and expand to their full potential." The purpose of this effort is to deepen knowledge of regulatory burdens, provide current information about these burdens, and illuminate the effects of such burdens on firms of different sizes.
Scope and Methodology
A nationwide telephone survey of 360 business firms was carried out in July 1994. The firms were drawn from three sectors of the economy that represented more than 80 percent of private employment in 1990--services, trade and manufacturing.
Fifteen 4-digit SIC code industries were chosen; each industry had between 50 and 70 percent of its jobs in small business and employed at least 100,000 workers. The 15 industries, while diverse, are not intended to be statistically representative of all industries in the sectors.
The study focuses on specific federal actions that regulate how businesses treat their employees and customers, and how they carry out their production or management activities. Four basic questions were investigated: (1) What perceptions do firms have of their regulatory burden? (2) What profile can be created of regulatory burden characteristics? (3) What regulatory cost components (dollar costs and time burdens) can be identified and assessed through such a survey? (4) What regulatory burden reduction issues emerge from the survey?
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