This is Part 6 of a series taking a walk through some sections of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State (2014 Edition).
The United States Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates 2013 GDP of $16.797 trillion. The total regulatory cost placeholder of $1.863 trillion I’ve compiled in Tip of the Costberg is equivalent to 11.1 percent of that amount.
So federal regulation “eats” 11 percent of GDP. And there’s more to it since Costberg doesn’t (indeed cannot) capture every compliance cost and economic impact of government intervention nor every adventure in cronyism.