Jason Sorens

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Senior Research Fellow

Jason Sorens, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow at AIER. He is also Principal Investigator on the New Hampshire Zoning Atlas. Jason was formerly the director of the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College. He has researched and written more than 20 peer‐​reviewed journal articles, a book for McGill‐​Queens University Press titled Secessionism, and a biennially revised book for the Cato Institute, Freedom in the 50 States (with William Ruger).

His research is focused on housing policy and land-use regulation, U.S. state politics, fiscal federalism, and movements for regional autonomy and independence around the world. He has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, and the University at Buffalo and twice won awards for best teaching in his department. He lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.


Research Publications by Jason Sorens

Title: Regulatory Decentralization and Stringency: The Case of Comparative Minimum Wage and Renewable Energy Policies

Authors: J Sorens

Publication: Publius: The Journal of Federalism 53 (1), 55-81, 2023

Title: Changing Minds on Restrictive Zoning: How to Unclog America’s Home Supply

Authors: J Sorens

Publication: Manhattan Institute, Apr 1, 2022

Title: Framing affordable housing: an experimental test of changing attitudes

Authors: M Matheis, J Sorens

Publication: Housing Studies, 1-17, 2022

Title: New Hampshire Shows How to Advance Freedom

Authors: W Ruger, J Sorens, GC Sununu

Publication: Cato Institute, 2021

Title: Residential Land Use Regulations in New Hampshire: Causes and Consequences

Authors: J Sorens

Publication: Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, 13-14, 2021

Title: Economic and Personal Freedom in the Carolinas

Authors: J Sorens

Publication: Political Economy in the Carolinas 3 (1), 117-123, 2020