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Does Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Really Evaluate Regulatory Impact? The Case of the Czech Republic

Author(s): PhDr. Jiří Schwarz Ph.D., Karel Jára
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2012
Number: 29
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Published in: IES Working Papers 29/2012
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: regulatory impact assessment, policy appraisal, better regulation, legislative process
JEL codes: D78, H11, K20, L51
Suggested Citation: Jára, K., Schwarz, J. (2012). “Does Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Really Evaluate Regulatory Impact? The Case of the Czech Republic” IES Working Paper 29/2012. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GAUK 387611: Does RIA Really Evaluate Regulatory Impact? The Case of the Czech Republic TAČR TD010136 (2012-2013) New methods of regulatory impact assessment (RIA) and corruption impact assessment
Abstract: The basic goal of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) is to improve regulatory
quality by ex ante selecting the best alternative using cost-benefit analysis and
enabling ex post evaluation of the real impact. Both goals are achievable only when
RIA is properly implemented for all potential sources of regulation, including
parliamentary amendments to bills. But these are usually not subject to RIA. This
paper analyzes all bills and related amendments passed in the Czech Republic in
2010 and finds that about 15% of the adopted amendments, distributed among 17 of
34 bills, alter the original impacts of the bill. The results suggest that RIAs are often
inapplicable for the ex post evaluation and the best alternative identified by RIA
may not be achieved.
Downloadable: WP_2012_29_Jara_Schwarz

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