April 14, 2014

Enterprising Cities: 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 

Foreword: 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
Los Angeles
New York
San Francisco
St. Louis

Section III: Technical Summary

Download Copies of the Report and Infographic here:
Report PDF
Climate Infographic PDF