Chris Carrigan

Christopher Carrigan

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Co-Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center
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Christopher Carrigan is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School, Co-Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center, and a member of the faculty of GW’s Environmental Resource Policy Program. His research focuses on regulatory and bureaucratic policymaking, exploring responses to disasters in regulated industries and the impacts that organizational design and politics have on government agency performance. In addition to his publications in leading academic journals and edited volumes, including work assessing the rulemaking process and investigating regulatory failures, Professor Carrigan is author of the Cambridge University Press book, Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates, and co-editor of the University of Pennsylvania Press volume, Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

At the Trachtenberg School, Professor Carrigan teaches courses on microeconomics as well as research methods and applied statistics. He was the recipient of the inaugural Trachtenberg School full-time faculty outstanding teaching award and chosen by the students to be the faculty speaker at the 2016 Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduation celebration for master’s and doctoral degree recipients. Professor Carrigan holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in economics from Davidson College. He joined the Trachtenberg School from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Regulation Fellow at the Penn Program on Regulation.

Christopher Michael Carrigan CV


Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

What's wrong with the back of the envelope? A call for simple (and timely) benefit–cost analysis, Chris Carrigan & Stuart Shapiro in Regulation & Governance, Vol. 10, No. 1, April 2016

Does Regulation Kill Jobs? by: Cary Coglianese (Editor) , Adam M. Finkel (Editor) , Christopher Carrigan (Editor), January 2014