Research: Trump Administration Wrong About, Exaggerated Deregulation Claims

November 3, 2020

Rutgers scholar Stuart Shapiro is available to comment on a new report that finds many major claims by the Trump administration about deregulation are wrong or exaggerated.

“The reality is that the Trump administration has done less deregulating than regulating and its deregulatory actions have not achieved any demonstrable boost to the economy,” said Shapiro. “They not only exaggerated the positive effects of deregulation, it too often has ignored or downplayed the negative consequences. The adverse effects could be substantial for the consumers, workers and patients who depend on regulations for important protections—and for a planet facing the ravages of climate change.”

“It is far too early to assess the overall impact of this administration’s deregulatory push. But our research suggests at least the following is true: The Trump administration has been more effective at deceiving the public about its achievements than in actually using deregulation to boost the economy.”

To view the full report, click here. Shapiro can be reached at or 848-932-2384.

Shapiro is a professor and associate dean of faculty at Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Public Policy. He is an expert on federal and state regulating powers and a former policy analyst at the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He previously worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The report, Deregulatory Deceptions: Reviewing the Trump Administration’s Claims About Regulatory Reform, is co-authored by Shapiro and Cary Coglianese and Natash Sarin of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


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