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 | 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.


Policy Briefs

Testimony & Comments

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Media Clippings

Expert Commentary

Nov 23, 2015

As Thanksgiving draws near, once again everyone's attention turns to festive holiday treats and the explosive number of calories contained therein. The usual incriminations of Big Food and its role in ballooning waistlines typically follow. Health advocates blame food companies for putting profits above consumers' well-being and for selling consumers cheap junk food loaded with fat and sugar but containing few nutrients. Consequently, they call for food regulations and taxes on junk food to counter the food industry's harmful effects. Yet health advocates are unlikely to achieve the outcomes they seek because they mistake the nature of the problem.
Nov 11, 2015

Health advocates often blame food companies for the growing obesity rates. Yet, when companies try to provide innovative solutions to obesity, they often run up against a wall of burdensome and often outdated regulations. If we are to succeed in stemming and reversing the growth in obesity, we need to let companies experiment and innovate without being tied down with a thicket of regulations. Perhaps then we might have our cake and eat it, too.
Sep 24, 2015

Behavioral insights can lead to better policies, but the government’s track record is not encouraging. Regulators are likely to use behavioral science to justify more stringent and intrusive regulations that serve political agenda and not consumers’ needs. Thus, any promise of better policies should be taken with a grain of salt.
Sep 18, 2015

In its effort to improve the nutrition label, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated the proposed label design. The agency added the new requirement for the Daily Value declaration and new footnote text. Despite the FDA's efforts, the proposed label still falls woefully short of its goal to improve the American diet. That's because the label still focuses on the amount of information it conveys rather than the information's usefulness, salience or ease of use.


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