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Eli Dourado
Works at Mercatus Center
Attends George Mason University
Lives in Alexandria, VA
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How Apple’s ResearchKit — or something like it — can democratize our search for new medical treatments.
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New legislation is coming, but does Congress understand what it is doing?
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I take on the LAPD
A smartphone app is threatening speed trap revenue, and the cops don’t want to take it any more.
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I have the lead essay in this month's Cato Unbound symposium, on patents and public choice. Please read and share!
Eli Dourado shows how special interests took control of the most important U.S. patent court, and how innovation has suffered as a result.
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One supposed problem with Bitcoin taking over the world, critics say, is that lack of a central bank precludes countercyclical monetary policy. When aggregate demand grows more slowly than expected, you want the central bank to increase the money supply…
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Last week, I was chatting with Garett Jones about Bitcoin, and he asked about exchange rate indeterminacy. It’s an issue that Tyler Cowen has raised as well. What is exchange rate indeterminacy? Do cryptocurrencies suffer from it? Here’s my rough ……
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I wrote some words on the MPAA vs. the Internet.
The lobbying organization seems more concerned with giving itself a reason to exist than with solving the film industry’…
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My Ümlaut article on Wednesday ruffled a few neoreactionary feathers, so I thought I would take a quick moment to respond to some of the criticism I have received. On Twitter, “Hurlock” says that my article is flat-out retarded, and adds, “it’s amusing to…
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The volatility of Bitcoin prices is one of the strongest headwinds the currency faces. Unfortunately, until my quantitative analysis last month, most of the discussion surrounding Bitcoin volatility so far has been anecdotal. I want to make it easier for…
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Bitcoin’s detractors have for some time argued that the cryptocurrency’s high volatility makes it unsuitable even as a medium of exchange, because volatility increases the cost of hedging. Companies such as Bitpay and Coinbase, who process Bitcoin…
Bitcoin's detractors have for some time argued that the cryptocurrency's high volatility makes it unsuitable even as a medium of exchange, because volatility increases the cost of hedging. Companie...
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