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Regulation Research Conference 2022

Legislators pursuing a specific regulatory goal have a whole toolbox of regulatory instruments at their disposal. So far, little research has been done on the relative advantages and disadvantages of these different regulatory instruments or on their actual consequences. The effects of regulatory instruments can be roughly divided into the categories of effectiveness, side effects and costs. The conference will focus on papers dealing with the effectiveness of one or more regulatory instruments. However, papers on (desired or undesired) side effects or on costs (legislative costs, law enforcement costs or compliance costs) are also possible. The focus of interest is on empirical or experimentally obtained research results. However, theoretical contributions may also be welcome.


Topics. We invite papers studying the effectiveness of regulations as well as changes in regulations. We welcome papers in law, economics and social psychology. Research at the intersection of these disciplines is particularly welcome. We are open to empirical quantitative work, experimental studies, and qualitative work. Empirical and experimental papers with strong theoretical foundations will be considered a priority, but studies advancing conceptualization and our understanding of regulatory research as well as specific case studies are cordially invited as well. 

Format of the conference. We aim to create a forum where scholars interested in regulation research can present and discuss theoretical, empirical and policy-related research. The format of the conference accommodates for a keynote, several invited presentations and room for open submissions by scholars in the field. We plan approximately 30 minutes for a presentation and each paper will be assigned a discussant. To this end we invite full papers, though extended abstracts will be considered provided that full paper can be available by the registration deadline, for the discussants’ perusal. We plan for plenary sessions only, but in the case of many high-quality papers submitted to the conference, we will organize additional poster sessions with ample space for discussion in a friendly atmosphere. 

To submit your paper, please click here. We accept submissions until February 15th, the selection of papers will be announced by March 1st. 

"Regulatory Instruments in the real world" is a project funded by Volkswagen Stiftung.