Economics and Economic Freedom

A free and prosperous society requires a functioning market economy at its foundation. Using a broad array of tools drawn from price theory, public choice analysis, Austrian theory, and classical empiricism, our study of economics and economic freedom explores the underpinnings of the market system, the roots of economic prosperity, and emerging threats to the same in the public policy sphere. Our work includes the measurement of freedom and providing practical economic information for people to make better decisions.

Articles

A Conversation on the Decline of American Civil Society

“Robert Wright, Senior research fellow at AIER, joins the Authors Corner with an introduction to an upcoming publication, Liberty Lost. Robert outlines how voluntary association died in antebellum America and what lessons there are to be learned from hyper-regulated economies in the modern era.” ~ AIER

Quacks in the Ivory Tower: How Conspiracy Theorizing Took Over Lockdown Science

“With no small irony, many of the same scientists who frequently attack skepticism of lockdowns by labeling it a ‘fringe’ and ‘unscientific’ position have not the slightest compunction about taking their own cues on the GBD from an unmistakably fringe source of their own.” ~ Phillip W. Magness

Which Antitrust Doctrine Deserves Your Trust?

“Proper reforms should leverage more market functions, not less. In contrast, the neo-Brandeisian model will reintroduce a crippling regime of arbitrary and further unchecked state power that will surely sap the vibrancy from the American economy at a time when it is needed most.” ~ Ethan Yang

Pandemic Emergency Spending Riddled With Fraud

“We already knew that the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a bigger burden of government, and none of us should be surprised that we also wound up with record levels of waste. Remember, ‘more government’ is not the answer to any sensible question. At some point, we will run out of ‘other people’s money.'” ~ Daniel J. Mitchell