Deregulation (Economics)

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  • The elimination of laws that can conceivably prevent the efficient performance of markets. It is usually carried out by lawmakers to correct wrong judgment in the past or to address changing economic and social circumstances. It is possible for deregulation to be followed by reregulation. The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 was enacted to reregulate thrifts after a period of deregulation and failure of the savings and loan (S&L) institutions.

    The ultimate aim of deregulation is to reduce the amount of restrictions that are imposed on economic activity so that the markets can function under less restrictive or regulatory conditions to produce much more efficient outcomes. Some critics of deregulation are normally apprehensive about the impact of deregulation on consumer welfare ...

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