- Senior Research Fellow
Patrick A. McLaughlin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses primarily on regulations and the regulatory process. Dr. McLaughlin co-founded and leads the RegData team at Mercatus, which has developed machine-learning methods to quantify regulations and other legal texts. The resulting database, RegData, facilitates cutting-edge, empirical research on the causes and effects of regulation.
Dr. McLaughlin has authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed studies in diverse areas, including regulatory economics, administrative law, industrial organization, public choice, environmental economics, and international trade. He also recently published a book with Oliver Sherouse entitled, “The Impact of Federal Regulation on the Fifty States,” available for download here.
Dr. McLaughlin has given expert testimonies before Congress and state legislatures upon several occasions, and his research has been featured in a wide range of media outlets including from C-SPAN, WSJ, Politico, and The Hill. He has published over forty op-eds.
Prior to joining Mercatus, Dr. McLaughlin served as a Senior Economist at the Federal Railroad Administration in the United States Department of Transportation and as a Visiting Scholar at the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University.