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Internet Association Hires Chief Economist

Beckerman: “The internet is a data driven industry, and we look forward to bringing this mindset to the policy arena with good data driven policy arguments.”

 

Washington, DC – The Internet Association announced today that Dr. Christopher Hooton has joined the organization as Chief Economist. Hooton comes to the Internet Association from the World Bank, where he was a researcher and advisor on a variety of economic studies and analyses.

“The internet industry creates immense economic value, and it is essential that policymakers are armed with the information they need to create sound public policy,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association. “Chris’s rich experience in econometric analysis and thought leadership makes him an excellent fit as we continue to advocate on behalf of the internet economy.”

At the World Bank and other organizations, Hooton led and advised research teams studying economic conditions and market trends. Hooton also served as a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he designed and taught a course on policy and program evaluation, and has authored dozens of academic papers and industry and policy reports.

“The internet is a data driven industry, and we look forward to bringing this mindset to the policy arena with good data driven policy arguments. Whether exploring the economic opportunity created by future-proof legislation, like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or examining the potential of the sharing economy, Chris will bring immense value and creative insight to our advocacy moving forward,” Beckerman concluded.

Hooton is a graduate of University of Miami, earned a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, and received a PhD in economic development from the University of Cambridge.

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