Ronald Bird

Senior Economist, Regulatory Analysis

Ronald Bird is a senior economist specializing in regulatory economics at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His work includes analyzing and evaluating estimates of regulations’ costs and benefits produced by the government to identify significant errors and omissions. He also conducts research to assess the economic impact of specific regulations and the overall impact of agencywide regulatory programs. Previously, Bird served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and director of the Office of Economic Policy Analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy. He also was chief economist at a private, public policy research organization focused on employment policy and labor market conditions. Bird holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served on the faculties of North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama, Meredith College, and Wesleyan College. Bird is the author of more than 100 articles, reports, papers, and books dealing with the economics of regulations, labor markets, public policy issues, and economic theory.

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We’re Keeping Count – One Rule at a Time: Do Regulators Really Care What the Public Thinks?

Regulators publish hundreds of proposed and final rulemaking mandates every month, but sometimes it is useful to step back from the total numbers and focus on just one example. This one, a holiday present from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Growing Burden of Federal Regulations

The U.S. economy’s anemic jobs and wage growth is substantially attributable to Washington’s near insatiable appetite to regulate. America’s economy is increasingly burdened by regulations constraining business activity, expanding legal liabilities, and imposing costly reporting, and record-keeping requirements. Together, these consequences create economic drag. Let’s examine how the failure of federal regulators to follow simple economic principles contributes to excessive regulatory burdens.