Our goal is to use the cutting-edge techniques of economics, but ground this work in the enduring insights begun by Adam Smith and continuing through the work of many economists today. In the questions we pursue, we avoid projects that maintain the status quo and focus on transformative projects. Every project we select disrupts, challenges, and changes the way people think about ongoing public policy questions, and will paint an optimistic vision that provides a clear path for insightful, innovative, and responsible solutions.

Research Areas

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ideas and experimentation are accepted as necessary precursors for invention. Oversight of new technologies is market-driven, adaptive, and flexible. A culture of optimism grounds our shared perspective on innovation and technology. Individuals prefer dynamism to stagnation.

Health, Wealth, and Human Capital

Individuals are empowered to pursue their dreams of economic betterment. Society is open to change, inquiry, commerce, and trade. Public policies support lifelong learning and help to fuel human capital accumulation and economic growth across the income distribution.

Business, Government, and Civil Society

Institutions encourage cooperative solutions over conflict. Policymakers use legislation mindful of freedom of choice, economic efficiency, and fiscal responsibility. Civil society plays a central role as a source of protection and support for the least advantaged.

Policy Papers

A Review of the Environmental Effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Corn Ethanol Mandate

Net Metering in the States: A primer on reforms to avoid regressive effects and encourage competition

Working Papers

The Amendment of the Stock Act and the Prices of Stocks Most Held by Congress

Taxis, Taxis and Governance in the Vehicles-For-Hire Industry

Social Security and the Increasing Longevity Gap

Externally-Published Research

Failure to Launch: Housing, Debt Overhang, and the Inflation Option

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Plastic Pollution – Bans vs. Recycling Solutions