Sherzod Abdukadirov

Sherzod Abdukadirov

  • Research Fellow

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 | 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.
Michael L. Marlow, Sherzod Abdukadirov | Mar 01, 2012
This working paper analyzes the methods and outcomes of government efforts to control obesity rates.


Policy Briefs

Testimony & Comments

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Media Clippings

Expert Commentary

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.
Jan 23, 2015

By refusing to give in to the anti-BPA hysteria, the EFSA allowed companies to avoid the unnecessary costs of replacing BPA. It also saved European consumers money, as the additional costs of BPA phase out would be ultimately passed on to consumers—though French consumers would still have to pay the price for their government’s ban. Most importantly, the EFSA reaffirmed the principle that safety regulation ought to be driven by scientific evidence, not politics.
Nov 25, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving – the holiday season when most American put on a few pounds – citizens of Berkeley, California approved a ballot measure that would impose a one-cent tax on each ounce of soda. Their goal is to counter the trend of increasing obesity, which advocates of the tax blame largely on soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks.


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