Study links states’ economic growth to energy regulation

08/14/2014
Judged strictly by economic efficiency, energy regulation at the state level works best in the US South and interior and worst on the West Coast and in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. The geographic pattern emerges in results of a study published by the Pacific Research Institute that focuses on electric power but includes regulations affecting motor vehicles. The study’s authors, Wayne Winegarden and Marc A. Miles, define “economic efficiency” as “allocating resources to their most productive uses.” The study evaluates regulations of individual states in seven categories. It assigns a score in each category on a 10-point scale. It then ranks states based on averages of those scores. Reg...
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