The GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars regularly conduct applied research to understand regulatory policy and practice from a public interest perspective. Our content often takes the form of public interest comments, formal testimony, working papers, policy insights, and short commentaries analyzing the most pressing issues in regulatory policy. View the rest of our material by the different types of publications listed on this page or our research areas.

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What We Publish

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Public Comments & Testimonies

Scholarly analysis of the potential effects of particular rulemakings from federal agencies, and advice to Congress on how to improve the rulemaking process.


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Commentaries & Insights

Short-form publications intended for all audiences which provide easy to access analysis of regulatory policy.

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Books & Reports

Formal publications, often completed with other leading organizations and individuals, providing a thorough understanding of regulations and the rulemaking process.

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The weekly Regulation Digest contains everything you need to know about regulatory policy today, and our monthly Center Update gives you all of the latest from our team.


For accessible charts and supporting data that you can use in your own publications or presentations, visit the Reg Stats page.


Latest Publications 

Regulating Junk Fees May Harm Consumers

Attempts to eliminate junk fees may harm rather than help both consumers and businesses.

On Draft Circular A4, Behavioral Biases, and Discount Rates

Public Interest Comment on the Office of Management and Budget's Draft Circular A4 concerning benefit-cost analysis

Adding Public Engagement Upstream

Improving public participation in the rulemaking process by broadening engagement and expanding proactive outreach

Distributional Weights Should Be Dropped from the Draft Circular A-4

Weighting costs and benefits could result in large losses in efficiency

Circular Reasoning?

Evaluating the Draft Circular A-4 which guides regulatory impact analysis across federal agencies

The Durability of Governance Reform: A Two-Wave Audit of Notice and Comment Policymaking in China

Audits of the notice and comment rulemaking process in China show that as reforms are implemented, they can be sustained over time.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule should commit to retrospective review and to providing technical support to program participants

Robotic Rulemaking

How might generative AI intersect with rulemaking?

Public Interest Comment on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing proposal

Recommendations for improving the framework around fair housing planning, assessment and engagement

Modernizing Regulatory Review Actions

The White House has announced substantive changes to federal regulatory practices