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. This page lists some of my research.
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, invest in exciting companies, read a lot of books, write, study 中文 to little avail, 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