Program on Financial Regulation & Technology

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The increasing weight of financial regulations and the velocity of innovation in financial technologies such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and artificial intelligence create a need to continuously reevaluate the efficacy, nature, scope, and cost of U.S. financial regulation. The Law & Economic Center’s Program on Financial Regulation & Technology will offer an array of research, education, and outreach programs that:  (i) inform and challenge conventional thinking about the effectiveness and efficiencies of regulation, (ii) develop policy approaches derived from market-based knowledge and incentives, and (iii) foster regulatory policies that  both facilitate technological  innovation and anticipate new threats and challenges.

The Program works in tandem with the new Financial Services Regulation Law Concentration established in the Law School to educate the next generation of financial services lawyers and provide them with internship and other educational opportunities with Washington D.C. government policymakers and private sector experts.

The Program, through its extensive direct efforts, as well as through affiliated scholars and experts, produces cutting-edge scholarly research that is relevant to the public policy and legal communities. Research will be leveraged through the creation of educational and thought-provoking white papers, public statements, regulatory comments, and amicus briefs that are capable of producing news coverage and making the Program a go-to resource for the media and policymakers. These efforts will be supplemented with a series of papers and educational programs that are aimed at becoming staples of the U.S. financial policy-making landscape for regulatory policymakers and financial services industry participants. The Program will provide continuing education for regulators and legislators on the business and economic impacts of regulation.