Chief Economist & Head of Research
Christopher Hooton, Ph.D. is the founding Chief Economist & Head of Research at Internet Association where he leads the organization’s economic analysis and research on the internet sector. He also serves as a Senior Scholar (non-resident) at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy.Dr. Hooton publishes qualitative and quantitative research across a variety of media examining internet issues including sector identification methodologies, the internet’s economic contributions, and internet policy broadly. Dr. Hooton’s broad research interests include the technology sector, economic development, spatial analysis, and evaluation. Prior to joining IA, he served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as other leading organizations. He also formerly served as a Lecturer on policy evaluation and evaluation research at the Social Science Research Methods Centre of the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hooton earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (St John’s College), his MSc With Distinction from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and his BA Summa Cum Laude from University of Miami. His alter egos include a member and Captain of the Cambridge University boxing team, a salsa instructor during college, and the author of two novels entitled Observance and Peregrine East as well as a travel memoir entitled How to Backpack with Your Parents.