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About Me

Who Am I?

Hi I'm Zhoudan (Zoey) Xie. I am a senior policy analyst at the GW Regulatory Studies Center and a Ph.D. student in economics at the George Washington University. My research interests include economic effects of regulation, bureaucratic behavior in regulatory processes, and public participation in regulatory policy making.

Prior to my PhD studies, I served as a consultant at the World Bank, where I conducted empirical economic analysis on cross-national macroeconomic and development issues. I also interned at the United Nations Environment Programme and several other international, nonprofit organizations. I hold a master’s degree in public policy (M.P.P.) from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in environmental governance from Keio University (Japan).

Publication

Recent Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Nudging the Nudger: Toward a Choice Architecture for Regulators,” with Susan E. Dudley, Regulation & Governance, Early View, 2020.

Consultation as Policymaking Innovation: Comparing Government Transparency and Public Participation in China and the United States,” with Steven J. Balla, Journal of Chinese Governance, published online, 2020.

Online Consultation and the Institutionalization of Transparency and Participation in Chinese Policymaking,” with Steven J. Balla, The China Quarterly, published online, 2020.

Designing a Choice Architecture for Regulators,” with Susan E. Dudley, Public Administration Review, Vol 80, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 151-156.

China’s Carbon Emissions Trading: Lessons from the Pilot Systems,” Policy Perspectives, Vol 23, 2016, pp. 94-122.

WORKING PAPERS & REPORTS

Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation,” with Tara M. Sinclair, GW Regulatory Studies Center Working Paper, June 25, 2021.

Analyzing Public Comments to Inform Agency Regulatory Reform Efforts,” with Mark Febrizio, Daniel R. Pérez, and Aryamala Prasad, Report for GW Regulatory Studies Center & U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement 2017-18, March 31, 2020.

Regulatory Impact Analysis and Litigation Risk,” with Christopher Carrigan and Jerry Ellig, GW Regulatory Studies Center Working Paper, November 22, 2019.

The Relationship Between Regulatory Form & Productivity: An Empirical Application to Agriculture,” with Daniel R. Pérez, Aryamala Prasad, and Julie Balla, Report for GW Regulatory Studies Center & U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement 2017-18, June 12, 2019.

Regulation and Agricultural Productivity in the U.S. and EU,” with Susan E. Dudley, Lydia Holmes, Peter Linquiti, Brian Mannix, Daniel R. Pérez, and Aryamala Prasad, Report for GW Regulatory Studies Center & U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement 2015-16, September 20, 2017.

SHORT WORKS & COMMENTARIES

"A Midyear Review of Regulatory Sentiment and Uncertainty," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, August 18, 2021

"Regulation and Jobs: The Unequal Employment Effects of Regulatory Uncertainty," GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, April 28, 2021

"Regulatory Sentiment and Uncertainty under the Trump Administration," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, February 10, 2021

2020 Regulatory Year in Review: Ten Important Regulatory and Deregulatory Developments,” with Mark Febrizio, GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, January 13, 2021.

"Public Commenting with the New Regulations.gov API," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, September 9, 2020

"Regulation during COVID-19: News Sentiment Improved, While Uncertainty Remains," GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, July 6, 2020

"Regulatory Policy Uncertainty under COVID-19," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, May 13, 2020

"Using Comments as Data for Research," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, April 13, 2020

"GSA Moving to Deal with Mass and Fake Comments," GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, February 11, 2020

2019 Year in Review: Top Ten Regulatory Developments,” with Mark Febrizio, GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, January 22, 2020.

Bounded Rationality in the Rulemaking Process,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, July 23, 2019.

Research Brief: Why Should We Focus on the Form of Regulation?,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, June 12, 2019.

The Eagle and the Dragon: Comparing Government Consultation and Public Participation between the US and China,” with Steve Balla, GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, March 27, 2019.

2018 Year in Review: Top Ten Regulatory Developments,” with Mark Febrizio, GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, January 14, 2019.

Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Principles Survive and Thrive for 25 Years,” with Mark Febrizio and Daniel R. Pérez, GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, September 26, 2018.

Future of Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities from Emerging Technology,” with Mark Febrizio, GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, September 19, 2018.

‘Behavioural Government:’ Implications for Regulator Behavior,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, September 5, 2018.

A Taxonomy of Regulatory Forms,” with Daniel R. Pérez, GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, May 30, 2018.

Book Review: Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates. Carrigan, Christopher. New York: Cambridge University Press, (2017).,” Risk Analysis, Vol 38, Issue 5, pp. 1102-1103.

Organizing Agencies to Promulgate Rules,” with Christopher Carrigan, GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, March 9, 2018.

International Regulatory Indexes at a Glance,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, January 29, 2018.

2017 Regulatory Year in Review,” with Sofie E. Miller, GW Regulatory Studies Center Regulatory Insight, December 18, 2017.

President Trump’s Regulatory Budget Evaluated By Brookings,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, November 1, 2017.

A Review of ‘Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates’,” GW Regulatory Studies Center Commentary, October 10, 2017.

Presentation

Conference Presentations

PAST CONFERENCES & SLIDES

May 12, 2021: I presented "Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation” at the ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement 2021.SlidesRecording

May 6, 2021: I presented "Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation” at the Federal Forecasters Conference.

April 1, 2021: I presented "Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation” at the virtual seminar of GW's H. O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting.Slides

November 21, 2020: I presented "Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation” at the Southern Economic Association 90th Annual Meeting (Virtual Conference).

November 12, 2020: I presented "Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation” at the 2020 Banca d’Italia and Federal Reserve Board Joint Conference on “Nontraditional Data & Statistical Learning with Applications to Macroeconomics” (Virtual Conference).SlidesRecording

May 28, 2020: I presented "Regulatory Impact Analysis and Litigation Risk” at the Law and Society Association 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtual Conference).

November 23, 2019: I presented “Regulatory Impact Analysis and Litigation Risk” at the Southern Economic Association 89th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale FL.Slides

September 1, 2019: I presented “Examining the Lifecycle of a Rule: Legislation, Executive Review, and the Courts” at the American Political Science Association 115th Annual Meeting in Washington DC.Slides

June 1, 2019: I presented “Consultation, Participation, and the Institutionalization of Governance Reform in China” at the Law and Society Association 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington DC.Slides

April 7, 2019: I presented “Consultation, Participation, and the Institutionalization of Governance Reform in China” at the Midwest Political Science Association 77th Annual Meeting in Chicago IL.

March 15, 2019: I presented “Does the Form of Regulation Matter? An Empirical Analysis of Regulation and Land Productivity Growth” at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 11th Annual Meeting in Washington DC.Slides

November 20, 2018: I presented “Nudging the Nudger: Applying Behavioral Insights to Regulators” at the Southern Economic Association 88th Annual Meeting in Washington DC.Slides

May 24, 2018: I presented “Applying Behavioral Insights to Regulators” at the Public Administration Review Symposium on Behavioral Approaches to Bureaucratic Red Tape and Administration Burden in Washington DC.

March 16, 2018: I presented “Regulatory Impacts on Corn Farming: A Comparison between the United States and European Union” at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 10th Annual Meeting in Washington DC.Slides

Education

Education

The George Washington University, Washington DC

Expected 2023

The George Washington University, Washington DC

August 2020

The George Washington University, Washington DC

August 2016

Keio University, Japan

September 2012

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

June 2010

Experience

Recent Work Experience

Consultant (Europe and Central Asia Region) November 2016 - June 2017
The World Bank, Washington DC

  • Conducted econometric analyses to examine the effects of finance, as measured by credit extended to households and firms, on the share of exports in GDP and trade balance in 42 countries over the period of 1964-2013.
  • Examined the effects of technological change on labor markets in advanced economies and emerging markets.
  • Analyzed the impact of macroeconomic and structural reforms on growth recovery from economic crises in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain.

Policy Coordination Intern April - July 2015
United Nations Environment Programme, New York

  • Produced briefings and synthesis reports on intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals) and Financing for Development.
  • Assessed and summarized the progress of 100+ countries towards reaching a legally binding international agreement on climate at a UN high-level climate change conference.
My Specialty

My Skills

I'm proficient in multiple statistical software, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and two foreign languages.

Python

90%

Stata

95%

Website Design

80%

Machine Learning

70%

NLP

80%

Chinese Language

100%

Japanese Language

90%
Get in Touch

Contact

805 21st Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20052