I launched Confusopoly.com and Confusopoly LLC to provide high-quality, consumer-facing information and commentary covering industries where barriers prevent consumers from efficient comparison shopping.

I hope to build a case that the term “confusopoly” provides a useful conceptual framework for understanding some industries—providing insights analogous to those offered by market structures like oligopoly and monopoly.

Thanks to the internet, third-party evaluators can now reach more people at lower costs than ever before. However, most of the potential of third-party evaluation has not been realized. A substantial portion of my writing covers issues with existing evaluators and limitations of common evaluation methodologies.

Rigor and transparency are core goals of the project. You can read about those goals in more detail on the transparency page.


My name is Christian Smith.

Prior to starting Confusopoly, I spent about two-and-a-half years with the charity evaluator GiveWell as a research analyst. For most of my time with GiveWell, I was the point person for their cost-effectiveness models.

I’m based out of Boulder, Colorado. If you’re ever in the area and would like to meet up for a coffee, beer, or bike ride, let me know.

You can find me on Twitter here.