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, 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.

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Trying to end the Great Stagnation 🚀


Eli Dourado

Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity. Atoms, not bits. Sometime investor. Trying to end the Great Stagnation. 🚀