Commentaries & Insights

Our Commentaries and Insights are short-form publications intended to distill long-form research and synthesize current policymaking activity into easily understood concepts.


Factors Contributing to the Infant Formula Shortage

To reduce the risk of infant formula shortages in the future, the government should eliminate the barriers to entry under its control.

Nostalgia for Agency Expertise

Calls for more deference to agency expertise derive from an unrealistic view of executive policymaking.

Is Chevron Deference Still Alive?

Three takeaways follow from the Supreme Court’s recent opinions ignoring Chevron v. NRDC.

Biden's Spring 2022 Unified Agenda

The Spring 2022 Unified Agenda suggests the Biden administration is focusing on priorities related to the environment, health, immigration, and education.

From Fragility to Agility: The Future of Regulation

The National Academy of Public Administration offers an agile regulatory framework to enhance government responsiveness to current and future challenges. The report includes tenets and practices that can improve public management and regulatory outcomes.

The Unintended Consequences of Banking Regulations: Shadow Banking

Shadow banks are not subject to the stringent regulation that traditional banks are and can pose great risks to the financial system. Since the financial crisis, banking regulations have been tightened to reduce the fragility of the financial system.

FDA Struggles to Pinpoint Impacts of Proposed Rule

In February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a long-awaited proposed rule creating national standards for companies in the prescription drug supply chain.

In the Shadow of China

In recent years, the Chinese government has increasingly flexed its economic, political, and military muscles around the world. Close to its mainland home has been no exception, as the Chinese government has taken actions to pressure officials in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Possibilities and Perils of Deepfake Technology

While the potential for deepfake technology to disrupt society has been clear for years, its growing accessibility and high-profile instances of use have increased concerns over their capabilities. In the first of a planned series discussing deepfake regulation, this post summarizes some of the most significant costs and benefits of the technology.

Memos to the New OIRA Administrator

President Biden’s Modernizing Regulatory Review memorandum signals continuity in some regulatory practices and big shifts in others.