REGULATION is generally thought of as unwanted government interference in the marketplace. However, some regulation is actually desired by some active participants in markets. Zoning, for example, can actually help developers make more money, when zoning bodies favor some developers over others and by forcing development on small lots, making it so that developers compete on fewer dimensions.
"The Importance of the Cost of Living and Policies to Address It" by Byron Schlomach, jointly published with the Goldwater Institute, uses statistical methods to look at how the cost of living across states is impacted by various government regulations, including zoning, power regulation, and various labor market regulations like minimum wage laws. Click for data on which statistical regressions in the appendix are based.