Our Next Event

Gatton FinTech Challenge!

April 11, 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Gatton 124 - Venture Studio

About Us

The John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the role that markets play in the economy and in society. The Institute’s mission is to generate intellectually rigorous research and an open dialogue to discover and understand how free enterprise affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society.

Current Research

Early Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Access, Risky Health Behaviors, and Self-Assessed Health

Charles Courtemanche, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert, Aaron Yelowitz, Daniela Zapata

This research sheds new light on the effects of the Affordable Care Act. During the first two years of the ACA access to health care increased but health outcomes and behaviors remained unchanged, according to findings by Schnatter Institute Director Yelowitz with coauthors Courtemanche, Marton, Ukert and Zapata. With efforts at the national level to repeal and replace the ACA this research suggests that though access to care may decrease, health outcomes are unlikely to change.

The Growth of Government, Trust in Government, and Evidence on Their Coevolution

Steven Gordon, John Garen, J. R. Clark

Only one in five Americans trust the United States government to do the right thing most of the time. This is down from three in four Americans in the 1960s. What has led to the erosion of trust? Gordon, Garen and Clark find that the growth in government by politicians who are currying the favors of special interests may play a large role.

Modern Politics and the Passions

David Bradshaw

Dr. Bradshaw explores today’s political, social and moral divides with reference to the works of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Finding that behind these ideas are destructive forms of thinking and feeling, Bradshaw argues that to unify requires returning to the classical disciplines imbedded in Plato, Aristotle and the Christian ideal of educating the passions.

In the News

March 8: Dr. Aaron Yelowitz & Dr. Tim Harris's article in the Public Health Post: African Americans Own More Life Insurance, Not Less

March 8th: Dr. Aaron Yelowitz's 2015 paper was mentioned in TribTalk: Paid sick leave will hurt the most vulnerable

The Schnatter Institute would like to congratulate Ph. D. student and 2017 Schnatter Institute Summer Fellowship winner, Samuel Ingram, for being invited to present “Occupational Licensing and the Earnings Premium: A Border Approach” at the International Symposium on the Regulation of Occupations taking place at the London School of Economics. 

Congratulations to UK Schnatter Institute Affiliate, David Blackwell, on becoming Provost of the University of Kentucky 

Dec 15: Dr. Aaron Yelowitz quoted in the Houston Chronicle about Bitcoin