Sherzod Abdukadirov

Sherzod Abdukadirov

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Sherzod Abdukadirov is a research fellow in the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the federal regulatory process, institutional reforms, food and health, and social complexity.

Abdukadirov has prepared numerous policy briefs on regulatory issues, has written for US News & World Report, and also for scholarly journals such as Regulation, Constitutional Political Economy, and Asian Journal of Political Science.

Abdukadirov received his PhD in public policy from George Mason University and his BS in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Published Research

Working Papers

Sherzod Abdukadirov | Apr 28, 2015
This paper argues that health advocates are too quick to blame consumers for the ineffectiveness of information disclosure policies. Using the NFP as an example, the paper shows that information disclosures are often poorly designed and fail to actually inform consumers. They often fail to account for how consumers perceive and interpret information or for the differences in their socioeconomic backgrounds. Thus, it may not be consumers’ behavioral biases but rather poor policy design and implementation that is responsible for the NFP’s ineffectiveness. Consequently, the paper argues that nutrition labels should follow smart disclosure principles, which emphasize information salience and usability.
Sherzod Abdukadirov | May 29, 2014
Over the decades, regulatory reforms have sought to increase agency accountability and improve the quality of regulatory analysis and decision-making, with varying success. In this paper, I draw upon previous reform experiences to identify four criteria for effective reforms.
Sherzod Abdukadirov | Dec 18, 2012
This study attempts to shed some light on whether the benefits claimed by the federal agencies are likely to be achieved. In contrast to other validation studies, the study focuses on the agencies’ benefit claims rather than the actually measured benefits. Since agencies justify their regulatory decisions based on expected benefits, examining the quality of these claims is important.
Sherzod Abdukadirov | Nov 08, 2012
This paper examines whether political motivation plays a role in the timing of some midnight regulations. It further examines whether political motivation has a negative impact on the analytical quality of midnight regulations. In contrast to other studies that focus on the overall regulatory activity using proxies, this paper concentrates on a detailed analysis of three regulations issued in the final days of the Bush administration.

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Expert Commentary

May 05, 2015

Obesity is a major health problem in the United States. The traditional response to unhealthy dietary choices was to educate and inform consumers through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the nutrition label. Yet as the nutrition label failed to improve consumers' dietary choices, health advocates shifted to more intrusive measures like the recently adopted soda tax in Berkeley, California.
Apr 06, 2015

Solutions to some of our most pressing food problems will likely come from innovation. Some food engineering ventures will help combat obesity by making our favorite foods less caloric and more nutritious. Others will innovate to make our food more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Yet, this better future can only be possible if regulators do not get in the way.
Mar 18, 2015

Evidence indicates that GMO labeling can do more harm than good, and labeling requirements can actually lead consumers to make less healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
Mar 05, 2015

The most prominent and bitterly controversial change in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed new food label is a mandatory declaration for added sugars content. Some consumer advocates argue that added sugar is one of the main culprits behind the skyrocketing obesity rates, particularly in children and adolescents. Businesses maintain that implementing the change would be prohibitively costly. Yet the point both advocates and opponents seem to miss is that the food label regulation basically assumes that an average American cannot distinguish between soda and fruit juice.

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