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Title: Administrative Simplification and Economic Growth: A Cross Country Empirical Study
Authors: POEL, Kevin
Marneffe, Wim
BIELEN, Samantha
Van Aarle, Bas
Vereeck, Lode
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Journal of Business Administration Research, 3 (1), p. 45-58
Abstract: Administrative burdens stemming from regulations are a worldwide cause of concern for policy-makers. Reducing administrative burdens has become an important policy objective in economic growth strategies for many governments. The European Commission set out a policy goal of reducing administrative burdens by 25% by 2012, although the literature provides limited evidence of its impact. Therefore, this paper examines the impact of administrative burdens on growth by using 6 business regulation variables for a panel of 182 countries. The results from the fixed effect regression analysis suggest that reducing administrative burdens in certain policy areas spurs economic growth. In particular, reducing burdens concerning start-ups and paying taxes enhances growth significantly. Furthermore, using a panel of 26 European countries, our results suggest that reducing the administrative burdens by 25% has a positive effect on growth of 1.62 % in the European Union.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16708
DOI: 10.5430/jbar.v3n1p45
ISSN: 1927-9507
Category: A2
Type: Journal Contribution
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