A Close Examination of the Impact of Environmental Regulations on the United States
I am primarily motivated by my interest in how environmental regulations impact the
economy in the United States, and whether the assertion that environmental regulations hinder
the United States economy is true. This topic is related to the field of economics, as regulations
have the ability to seriously impact a nation-state’s economy. Research suggests that
environmental regulations result in a reduction of productivity and employment by a small
percentage. This is most relevant in energy and pollution intensive sectors. Environmental
regulations are also thought to reduce a country’s competitiveness on the international stage.
Furthermore, environmental regulations have large implications for society as a whole. In
fact, environmental regulations can facilitate a cleaner environment, better living conditions, as
well as better working conditions. Without environmental regulations, it is unclear if businesses
would continue to adhere to the policies, including those that result in less pollution to the air,
water, land, and overall environment. Importantly, environmental regulations have the ability to
seriously influence the quality of life for the population where they are enforced, thus
demonstrating that they have great implications for society as a whole.
Environmental regulation is one of the most prominent topics in the field of economics.
This is because they have a large influence on a country’s economy. For example, some
businesses are unable to thrive in countries that have strict and complicated environmental
regulations. This may decrease the country’s competitiveness, as other countries may not have
and enforce such strict regulations. Additionally, environmental regulations may make
businesses more costly and difficult to run. This can also have a negative impact on a country’s
economy. Throughout this essay, the United States will be used as a case study to determine the
influence of environmental regulations on the economy. Interestingly, some believe that
environmental regulations help to bolster the country’s economy, while others contend that
environmental regulations result in fewer jobs and a slow-growing economy. Through research,
it is the purpose of this essay to determine the actual impact of environmental regulations on the
United States economy.
My Original Contribution.
It is my hypothesis that environmental regulations have an adverse impact on the
economy in the United States. This is most evident in recent decades where businesses have had
to move their practices overseas to avoid intensive regulations. The current presidential
administration has also started to cut back on regulations, and the economy seems to be
improving significantly as a result. Thus, I would like to conduct research to determine if
environmental regulations facilitate a poor economy in the United States, and conversely that the
reduction of environmental regulations would result in a thriving economy.
This project will take the form of a literature review. Secondary data sources will be
collected. The analysis will be theoretical in its approach. Scholarly sources will be collected and
analyzed to best understand this topic. This methodology will prove to be efficacious in
determining the influence of environmental regulations on the United States economy.