Susan Dudley with Professor Pierce and Sen. Mike Enzi

The GW Regulatory Studies Center's mission is to improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach.

The Center is a leading source for applied scholarship in regulatory issues, and a training ground for anyone who wants to understand the effects of regulation and ensure that regulatory policies are designed in the public interest.

Established in 2009, the GW Regulatory Studies Center is an academic center of the George Washington University, a private, top-tier university located in the Nation’s capital. It is housed within the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Though relatively young (TSPPPA was formed by combining existing programs in 2003) the Trachtenberg School is consistently ranked among the nation’s top policy schools, and attracts high achieving students interested in careers in public policy. In addition, with our location just a few blocks from the White House and Capitol Hill, the GW RSC is a hub for academic institutions around the country, and brings fresh ideas and analysis to policy makers in Washington.

The George Washington University values rigorous research and academic freedom; it strives for ideological diversity by fostering open inquiry across its many departments and disciplines. The GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars, led by director Susan Dudley and co-directors Joseph Cordes and Christopher Carrigan, publish research in respected, peer-reviewed academic journals, such as J. Policy Analysis and Management, Risk Analysis, J. Benefit-Cost Analysis, Supreme Court Economic Review, and Administrative Law Review; their expertise and achievements are recognized by leading organizations in their fields, including the Administrative Conference of the United States, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the American Bar Association, and the Southern Economics Association.

The Center supports graduate Trachtenberg School students through research opportunities, stipends that allow them to take unpaid internships in government agencies, and career guidance. Its well-attended events feature insights on regulatory policy and practice from diverse individuals across the ideological spectrum, including members of Congress, high-ranking officials from each of the last six administrations, international diplomats and academics, and legal, policy, and economic scholars.

The Center receives support for its activities from governments, foundations, companies, and individuals. It does not accept funding that is conditioned on hiring (or retaining) particular individuals, nor that influences the content or conclusions of its work.

Our Research Focus

  • Promoting best practices for regulatory analysis
  • Improving regulatory institutions & incentives
    • Focus on outcomes
    • Reforms to align private and public interests
    • Improving retrospective review for better feedback & evaluation
    • Reducing international trade & investment barriers by improving understanding of  regulatory practices & effects
  • Serving as a source for objective information on regulatory matters