Christopher Carrigan

Title:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Faculty:
Assistant
Office:
601K
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-5583
Fax: 202-994-6792
Email:
ccarrigan@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Government regulation
Bureaucratic politics
Public organization structure and performance
Political economy

Background

Christopher Carrigan is Assistant Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University where he teaches courses on microeconomics and applied statistics. His research is focused on how political influences, social forces and organizational characteristics interact to shape outcomes at government agencies. Currently, Professor Carrigan is analyzing the extent to which locating non-regulatory functions with regulators affects both behavior at and performance of these organizations. He is co-editor of the forthcoming volume from the University of Pennsylvania Press, Does Regulation Kill Jobs? His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Annual Review of Political Science as well as edited volumes assessing regulatory capture, investigating disasters in regulated industries and measuring the employment effects of regulation. Professor Carrigan holds a PhD in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, 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 Law School where he was the Regulation Fellow at the Penn Program on Regulation. Previously, Professor Carrigan worked as a director at two economic consulting firms and a manager at a large financial services company.

Education

Harvard University, Ph.D., Public Policy, 2012
Dissertation Project: “Structured to Fail? Explaining Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates”

University of Chicago, M.B.A., Economics, Finance, and Statistics, High Honors, 2003
Omicron Delta Epsilon

Davidson College, B.A., Economics, Cum Laude, 1994
Phi Beta Kappa

Publications

Books

Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (with Cary Coglianese and Adam Finkel) (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)

 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Academically Edited Volumes

“Captured by Disaster? Reinterpreting Regulatory Behavior in the Shadow of the Gulf Oil Spill” in Dan Carpenter and David Moss, editors, Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

“Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity” (with Cary Coglianese) in Cary Coglianese, editor, Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation (Philadelphia: Penn Press, 2012)

“The Politics of Regulation: From New Institutionalism to New Governance” (with Cary Coglianese) Annual Review of Political Science, 14: 107-129 (May 2011)

“The Jobs and Regulation Debate” (with Cary Coglianese) in Cary Coglianese, Adam Finkel, and Christopher Carrigan, editors, Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)

 

Other Publications

“Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson's ‘Bureaucracy’” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Program on Regulation online symposium, Remembering James Q. Wilson (July 19, 2012)

 

Working Papers and Other Research Projects

Dissertation Book Project: “Structured to Fail? Explaining Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates”

“Reform in Real Time: Evaluating Reorganization as a Response to the Gulf Oil Spill,” in Edward Balleisen, Lori Bennear, Kimberly Krawiec, and Jonathan Wiener, editors, Recalibrating Risk: Crisis and Regulatory Response

“Capturing Reality: A Pragmatic Assessment of Stigler’s Theory of Economic Regulation” (with Cary Coglianese), in Steven Balla, Martin Lodge, and Edward Page, editors, Oxford Handbook of the Classics of Public Policy (Cambridge: Oxford University Press)

“From Statute to Enforcement: Analyzing the Lifecycle of Regulatory Activity,” Policy Research Scholar Program Award, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University

“Control from Within: Measuring Influence over Regulatory Enforcement Inside a Federal Agency,” Columbian College Facilitating Fund Award, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University

“What’s Wrong with the Back of the Envelope? A Call for Simple (and Timely) Cost-Benefit Analysis” (with Stuart Shapiro)

 

Invited Talks and Conference Presentations

“Captured by Disaster? Reinterpreting Regulatory Behavior in the Shadow of the Gulf Oil Spill,” Law and Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 2013

“Structured to Fail? Explaining Regulatory Behavior under Competing Mandates,” Midwest Political Science Association Research Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2013

“Regulatory Politics” (Discussant), Midwest Political Science Association Research Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2013

“Reform in Real Time: Evaluating Reorganization as a Response to the Gulf Oil Spill,” Kenan Institute for Ethics Conference on Recalibrating Risk, Duke University, Durham, NC, February 2013

“Structured to Fail? Explaining Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates,” George Washington University American Politics Workshop, Washington, DC, November 2012

“Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity,” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2012

“Biasing Knowledge?” (Discussant), Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2012

“Are Regulations ‘Job-Killers’?” Penn Program on Regulation Conference on Regulation’s Impact on Jobs: Economic Analysis and Institutional Reform, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, September 2012

“Reform in Real Time: Assessing Reorganization as a Solution to the Gulf Oil Spill,” Kenan Institute for Ethics Conference on Recalibrating Risk, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 2012

“Subversion or Coordination? Examining the Role of Agency Design in the Gulf Oil Disaster,” Penn Program on Regulation Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2011

“Minerals Management Service and Deepwater Horizon: What Role Should Capture Play?” The Tobin Project Conferences on Preventing Capture: Special Interest Influence in Regulation, and How to Limit It, Cambridge, MA, November 2010 and May 2011

“The Many Flavors of Regulators: Motivational Heterogeneity and Regulatory Control,” Harvard University Political Economy Workshop, Cambridge, MA, April 2010

“Politics and Price Fixing,” Harvard University Political Economy Workshop, Cambridge, MA, November 2009

“Population Concentration and Redistribution,” Duke University Political Economy Conference, Durham, NC, September 2009

Distinctions

Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

  • 2013 – 2014 - Policy Research Scholar Program Award, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
  • 2013 – 2014 - Columbian College Facilitating Fund Award, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University
  • 2013 – Present - Faculty, Environmental Resource Policy Program, George Washington University
  • 2012 – Present - Scholar, GW Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University
  • 2011 – 2012 - Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 2010 – 2012 - Penn Program on Regulation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 2010 – 2012 - Institute for Quantitative Social Science Graduate Fellow, Harvard University
  • 2010 - Seed Grant, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University
  • 2007 – 2009 - Harvard Kennedy School Fellowship
  • 1991 – 1994 - Samuel H. Bell Scholarship, Davidson College

 

Additional

  • All-Southern Conference college baseball player; minor league pitcher in “Class A” Frontier League

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