Research and the continued study of economic freedom is vital to understanding what drives prosperity in society. Through several different grants, the Foundation aims to support institutions and researchers in their efforts to analyze how institutions and ideas lead to free and prosperous societies.
The Fraser Institute
The Fraser Institute completes rigorous research projects on the components and effects of economic freedom each year. Time and time again, the research demonstrates that countries with greater economic freedom have higher levels of prosperity for all people.
The Economic Freedom of the World Index
- Since its inception twenty-five years ago at a series of conferences hosted by Milton Friedman and Michael Walker, the Economic Freedom of the World Index has been used as a reliable measure of economic freedom in countries around the world. Using forty-two data points, researchers analyze countries’ economic freedom in five areas including the size of government, property rights, and monetary policy. Find out more about the study and see the results here.
North American Economic Freedom Index
- The North American Economic Freedom Index takes a close look at government restrictions on economic freedom in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Specifically, the study examines the impact tax, fiscal, and labor policies have on prosperity at the national, state, and local levels. Read more and see the full study here.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Mercatus runs student programs, provides faculty support, and conducts research on free-market solutions to public policy problems. Find out more here.