Mark Koyama is Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar. Professor Koyama earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford. He previously lectured at the University of York and spent a year at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He is interested in how historical institutions functioned and in the relationship between culture and economic performance. His current research investigates how particular economic and political institutions shaped the formation of factor markets in the period before the industrial revolution.