Christopher Koopman




Research in Law, Economics, and Policy


I’m a senior director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, a senior affiliated scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a contributor at The Hill, and a member of the 2016 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

My research focuses on regulation, competition, and innovation.  I primarily work on how to fix regulatory agencies with the goal making permissionless innovation the standard by which we embrace the future.  But my research also covers the sharing economy, emerging technologies, healthcare, online gambling, antitrust, and craft brewing (although I have yet to figure out how to tie them all into one project).


Sometimes I do media. My writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal (twice!), USA Today, The Daily Beast, National Review, U.S. News and World Report, and Real Clear Technology, among other outlets. I also talk to reporters on the radio and TV. Some examples include Fox BusinessMarketplace, Marketplace Tech, KPCC’s Take Two, and The Kojo Nnanmdi Show.

I've also made a few videos. One of my favorites is a video on the sharing economy that was produced by Learn Liberty. I also made a series of videos with Peter Jaworski on craft brewing, which covers entrepreneurship, the three-tier system, and taxes. I am also part of the Liberty 101 project produced by Students for Liberty, and I made videos on spontaneous orderthe rule of law, and limited government. Most recently, I hosted a series of videos for the Mercatus Center that highlighted some of our core research areas in 2017, including regulatory reform proposals, financial markets regulation, and net neutrality.

And sometimes I do other things. I worked on Ex-Im Uncensored, which sought to make data available to the public that had been removed from I also manage a database tracking developments in daily fantasy sports regulation. In addition to teaching at the law school, I also teach a summer class in economics to undergraduates at George Mason University through The Fund for American Studies.

Every once and a while, my work gets recognized. My work has been cited by policymakers at the federal, state, and local level. European policymakers have used my research too. I was also named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.