Regulatory Climate Index 2014

Productive, innovative, competitive economies require smart and simple regulations to prosper. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2014 Regulatory Climate Index compares and ranks the efficiency of local regulations that apply to small businesses in 10 cities across America. 
The Index measures the procedures, time, and costs that are required to comply with five areas of business regulation in each city. The Index should be seen as a barometer to gauge the costs of doing business in different cities across the country. Every city measured has strengths and weaknesses, and each can learn from the other in order to achieve a more prosperous economy. 

Table of Contents 


Edward Glaeser, Ph.D. Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University 

Summary of Key Findings 

Section I: Explaining the Regulatory Climate Index 

Section II: Individual City Reports

Section III: Technical Summary