Hi, I’m Eli, and this is my website.
I’m an economist and regulatory hacker living in Washington, DC, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. My fondest wish is that GDP per capita would reach $200k by 2050. To get there, we need lots of new hard technology, and inevitably that hard technology is going to be deployed in highly regulated industries. I try to stack the regulatory deck in favor of new technology and of the economic and social change it brings about.
Before joining CGO, I spent 2+ years as head of global policy at Boom. Before that, I was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program.
Before I got started in tech policy, I thought I wanted to be a professor. I have a PhD in economics from George Mason University.
In my spare time, I tweet and blog, think of startup ideas, try to not screw up my kids, consume great books and TV shows, write, study 中文, and seek out flow states.
The best ways to reach me are by email ([email protected]) or via Twitter (@elidourado).
Favorite blog posts
- Notes on technology in the 2020s
- How do we move the needle on progress?
- The dawn of the age of geoengineering
- The case for Ethereum maximalism
- Maybe America is simply too big
- Why I should blog more
- Technologies of control and resistance: making sense of our stagnant dynamism
- Can the War on Drugs bootstrap Bitcoin?
- The Great Stagnation, a Straussian reading