It is evident that regulations are a double-edged sword. In some instances, regulations promote inefficiencies, rent-seeking and wealth redistribution while in others, they stimulate competition, fair play and innovation.
The president recently signed an executive order fulfilling his pledge to reduce federal regulations because it is a widely held belief that unfettered business activity and free-market solutions are integral to economic growth and prosperity, and that government intervention and regulation would be inimical to growth and prosperity. It is difficult to argue with the success of a laissez-faire economic system especially when compared to the economies of the Eastern European countries of yesteryear. But at times can certain regulatory interventions promote a more competitive, efficient and fair economy? It is evident that in some instances, regulations can stimulate competition, fair play and innovation.
Authors: Murad Antia
Cite as: Antia, M. (2018). Navigating the turbulent economic waters of the 2007 Great Recession and the crash of the housing market. Muma Business Review, 2(3). 37-42. https://doi.org/10.28945/3802