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 RSC 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, which 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 near 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.
GW values rigorous research and academic freedom; it strives for ideological diversity by fostering open inquiry across its many departments and disciplines. The GW RSC scholars, led by director Susan Dudley and co-directors Joseph Cordes, Christopher Carrigan, and Steven Balla 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 GW RSC 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 GW RSC 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.
Promotes best practices for regulatory analysis
Regulatory risk assessment
Public interest comments on proposed regulations
Improves regulatory processes and institutions
Focusing on outcomes
Reforms to align private and public interests
Improving retrospective review for better feedback and evaluation
Enhancing international regulatory cooperation
Serves as a source for objective information on regulatory matters
Regulation Digest newsletter
Measures of regulation and regulatory effects (Reg Stats)
Regulatory policy commentaries
Publications in academic journals and popular media
The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, as part of the George Washington University, is subject to University policies regarding integrity of research and conflict of interest. The GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars independently pursue high quality research to illuminate regulatory theory, policy, and practice; the Center does not take institutional positions on issues. To maintain its independence and the quality and integrity of its products, the GW Regulatory Studies Center does not accept funding that stipulates predetermined results or that limits dissemination of its scholarly activity or research. While the Center occasionally files public comments on specific regulations, it does so from the perspective of the public interest, and will not accept direct funding for individual comments.
The GW Regulatory Studies Center is comprised of a team of scholars, graduate assistants, and staff dedicated to fulfilling its mission to improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach.
We regularly work with scholars outside of the Center here at the George Washington University, and with other centers and individuals from around the world.
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