Christopher Carrigan

Title:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Faculty: Full-Time
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
Website:

Areas of Expertise

Government regulation
Bureaucratic politics
Public administration and policy
Political economy

Christopher Carrigan is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School, a scholar at 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.

Education

Harvard University, Ph.D., Public Policy, 2012

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

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

Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (editor, with Cary Coglianese and Adam Finkel) (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 and 2015 in paperback)

 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Academically Edited Volumes

“Clarity or Collaboration: Balancing Competing Aims in Bureaucratic Design” Journal of Theoretical Politics (forthcoming)

“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, Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker” (with Susan Dudley et al.) Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, DOI: 10.1017/bca.2017.11 (July 2017)

“What’s Wrong with the Back of the Envelope? A Call for Simple (and Timely) Benefit-Cost Analysis” (with Stuart Shapiro) Regulation & Governance, 11(2): 203-212 (June 2017)

“George J. Stigler, ‘The Theory of Economic Regulation’” (with Cary Coglianese) in Steven J. Balla, Martin Lodge, and Edward C. Page, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration, 287-299 (Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2015)

“A Response to Richard Williams and Keith Hall’s Review of Does Regulation Kill Jobs?” (with Cary Coglianese and Adam Finkel) Risk Analysis, 35(1): 176-177 (January 2015)

“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, 239-291 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

“The Jobs and Regulation Debate” (with Cary Coglianese) in Cary Coglianese, Adam Finkel, and Christopher Carrigan, editors, Does Regulation Kill Jobs?,1-30 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania 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, 1-20 (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)

 

Other Publications and Writings

“Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker” (with Susan Dudley et al.), GW Regulatory Studies Center Working Paper (February 2017)

“Capturing Regulatory Reality: Stigler’s The Theory of Economic Regulation (with Cary Coglianese), University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-15 (July 2016)

“Improving Benefit-Cost Analysis by Making It Simpler” (with Stuart Shapiro), University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Program on Regulation, The Regulatory Review opinion article (July 2016)

“Choices in Regulatory Program Design and Enforcement” (with Elise Harrington), research paper for Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative, Penn Program on Regulation and Alberta Energy Regulator (June 2015)

“Structuring Regulators: The Effects of Organizational Design on Regulatory Behavior and Performance” (with Lindsey Poole), research paper for Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative, Penn Program on Regulation and Alberta Energy Regulator (June 2015)

“What’s Wrong with the Back of the Envelope? A Call for Simple (and Timely) Benefit-Cost Analysis” (with Stuart Shapiro), GW Regulatory Studies Center Working Paper (October 2014)

“Public Interest Comment on the Office of Management and Budget’s 2014 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates on State, Local and Tribal Entities (with Cary Coglianese and Adam Finkel), Docket ID OMB-2014-002 (September 2014)

“Informing the Debate over Regulation’s Impact on Jobs” (with Cary Coglianese), GW Regulatory Studies Center commentary and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Program on Regulation RegBlog post (March 2014)

“Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity” (with Cary Coglianese), University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-38 (December 2012).

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

 

Manuscripts under Review and Working Papers

“Unpacking the Effects of Competing Mandates on Agency Performance”

“Organization, Process, and Agency Rulemaking” (with Russ Mills)

Distinctions

Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

  • 2016-Present – GW Regulatory Studies Center Grant, George Washington University
  • 2016 –  Faculty Speaker, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Celebration for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Recipients
  • 2014-2015 –  Columbian College Facilitating Fund Award, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University
  • 2014 –  Trachtenberg School Full-Time Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (inaugural winner)
  • 2014 –  Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, George Washington University
  • 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
  • 2011 –  Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
  • 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
  • 2003 – Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society, University of Chicago
  • 1994 –  Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Davidson College
  • 1991-1994 –  Samuel H. Bell Scholarship, Davidson College

 

Additional

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

Classes Taught

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