RFF Project

The Regulatory Performance Project at RFF

Experts at RFF are examining the actual realized costs and benefits of federal regulations, comparing observed outcomes with a range of credible baselines and earlier estimates.

Before new federal regulations are issued, they are extensively analyzed to identify the potential costs, benefits, and impacts. However, remarkably little is known about the actual performance of regulations. For instance:

  • Do they achieve substantial gains?
  • If so, how do the realized gains compare with the anticipated gains?
  • Are the realized costs in line with the expected costs?  

A recent presidential executive order (E.O. 13610, May 10, 2012​) promotes the conduct of such analyses by federal agencies.

The Regulatory Performance Project* at RFF seeks to strengthen the measurement of the outcomes of federal regulations, focusing on the areas of safety, health, and environmental protection. RFF experts working on this initiative are developing a series of studies that examine the actual realized costs and benefits of federal regulations, comparing observed outcomes with a range of credible baselines and ex ante estimates.

*RFF's Regulatory Performance Project was previously known as the Regulatory Performance Initiative (RPI).