Christopher Koopman




Research in Law, Economics, and Policy


I’m a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, a contributor at The Hill, and a member of the 2016 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

My research focuses applying public choice economics to regulation, competition, and innovation.  I primarily work on issues related to how regulatory agencies behave.  But my research also covers antitrust law, the sharing economy, emerging technologies, health care, online gambling, 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, 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 Marketplace, 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 orderrule of law, and limited government.

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 use my research too. I was also named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.