Mark Lutter


Hi, I'm Mark. I run a nonprofit, the Charter Cities Institute, which is building the ecosystem for charter cities. Before this I worked as Lead Economist for a fund investing in early stage charter cities. I have a PhD in economics from George Mason University and a BS in Math from the University of Maryland, College Park.

I think charter cities are underrated. They 1) spread good institutions which cause economic growth to help alleviate global poverty 2) provide a regulatory sandbox for technological innovation 3) demonstrate the power of cosmopolitan liberalism. As such, I spent most of my time talking about charter cities.

Building the ecosystem for charter cities requires a wide range of knowledge, interests include economic development, geopolitics, history, political theory, innovation, and business. Most of my blogging is done at I use this website for my thoughts that are unrelated to charter cities.

I live in Washington DC. Follow me @MarkLutter on Twitter.

Projects The binding constraint to charter cities is politics. I founded the Charter Cities Institute to overcome the political barriers to charter cities. The Institute brings together charter cities stakeholders, entrepreneurs, investors, real estate developers, policy experts, and government officials to develop a shared understanding of charter cities and foster relationships which lead to charter cities being built. 

RadicalxChange: I am a former member of the Board of Directors of RadicalxChange, the movement that grew out of Glen Weyl and Eric Posner’s book, Radical Markets. I organized the Activism and Government Track for their inaugural conference in March 2019. I find the RadicalxChange movement exciting as it has brought together a wide variety of people who wouldn’t normally work together. I’m most interested in the Harberger tax as it has the most potential to fundamentally reshape society. 

Charter Cities Readings
This blog is for unfiltered thoughts that don’t directly relate to any project I’m working on, as well as collected older writings of mine in one place.
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I use speaking opportunities to build the ecosystem for charter cities. If you would like me to speak at your event please contact me at Mark at with a brief description of the event and how it relates to charter cities. 

Podcasts: Neoliberal podcast, Venture Stories, 80000 Hours