Using RegData to Answer Questions About Regulation

Apr 08, 2015Apr 09, 2015
Rayburn House Office Building B-369

Event Speakers

Patrick McLaughlin

Senior Research Fellow

Event Video

Nearly every congressional staffer deals with regulations in some capacity – to respond to constituent questions, to brief a member before a meeting, or to advise a member before a vote. To help understand which agency regulates which industries, how recent acts of Congress have affected the pace of rulemaking, and other questions about regulation, Patrick A. McLaughlin, Omar Al-Ubaydli, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University developed RegData, an innovative way of measuring the size and scope of US federal regulations.

Join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Dr. Patrick McLaughlin for a tutorial on how to use RegData as a tool for congressional staff work. Learn how RegData can:

  • Identify how regulated  the major industries in your state or district are;
  • Compare the level of regulatory restrictions across industries and by regulatory agency;
  • Research questions like “Was deregulation a cause of the financial crisis?”

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a valuable presentation. Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Samantha Hopta at or (703) 993-4967.