The foundation of regulation and its reform

  • Economic foundation of regulation
  • How to improve good quality regulation
  • EU Approach to Better Regulation

Cognitive sciences for effective regulation

  • Behvioural Regulation
  • Behavioural Psychology and Regulation
  • Nudging and Cognitive Empowerment
  • Introduction to Experimental Methods

Better Regulation Tools in the Regulatory Life-cycle

  • Regulatory Impact Assessement
  • Regulation and Competition
  • Consultations in Rule-making and Regulatory Impact Assessment
  • Administrative Burdens Assessment and Reduction Techniques
  • Principles and tools for Drafting Effective Regulation
  • Impact Assessment Exercise
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Visit to the Senat and the Chamber of Deputies.  Legislative Clinic: it combines legislative fieldwork in the Italian Parliament with legislative drafting exercises
  • Regulators, stakeholders, communities





A.A. 2016/17 and 2017/18

The course is divided into three modules.

The first Module covers the impact of European liberalisation, harmonization and simplification policies on regulatory theory and tools.

The second Module deals with the regulatory process and the tools to improve the flow and the stock of regulation used at European level and which European institutions ask member States to adopt.

The third Module revises some behavioural regulation’s issues both in theory and in practice. In particular, the first part concerns how the regulatory process should second the presence of behavioral departures from the rationality assumption. The second part deals with practical problems and solutions related to the application of cognitive insights to specific regulatory domains and it is mainly organized through workshops and cognitive experiments.


Module I 

Economic regulation

  • Economic regulation over the course of the twentieth century 
  • What does good regulation mean, and what are its core elements?
  • Economic foundation of regulation
  • Regulation and competition


Module II

Tools for better regulation in the regulatory life-cycle 

  • Regulatory impact analysis at European and national level
  • Lifestyle risk regulation
  • From EU Standard Cost Model for assessing administrative burdens to regulatory burdens assessment
  • Stakeholder consultation: simulation of consultation in rule-making
  • Consultation in legislative proceedings
  • Monitoring and ex post evaluation

    Legislative Clinic: the Clinic combines legislative fieldwork in the Italian Parliament with legislative drafting exercises

Visit to the Senate and to the Chamber of Deputies


Module III

Current trend of economic regulation: cognitive sciences for effective regulation

  • Cognitive-based approach to regulatory life-cycle
  • Evidence-based regulation: an introduction to experimental methods
  • New regulatory tools: nudging and cognitive empowerment