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The 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.

Annual Report

ISFE 2019-2020 Annual Report

Our Next Event

John Pointer - Director of “Minority Small Business Initiative” Program
Co-Sponsor: Von Allmen Entrepreneurship Center

February 19, 2021
5:00pm to 6:00pm


In the News

We are thrilled to say the Health Affairs social distancing paper by Director, Chuck Courtemanche and co-authors, Aaron Yelowitz, Anh Le, Joey Garuccio and Josh Pinkston is #42 for the year on Altmetrics across all disciplines. As well as #3 in their #economics category!


A big congratulations goes to our very own Director Chuck Courtemanche and co-authors, ISFE Affiliate Aaron Yelowitz, Joseph Garuccio, Anh Le and Joshua Pinkston for their social distancing study being the third most read paper in Health Affairs last year!

The Institute's founding director and current affiliate, John Garen, was mentioned in the Washington Post article below regarding Social Security and Medicare as it relates to debt.

The social distancing study by Chuck Courtemanche & Aaron Yelowitz, originally published in Health Affairs, is quoted in this recent article by Chris Nichols of PolitiFact.

Congratulations to all the Fall 2020 Entrepreneurs Bootcamp winners! It was our pleasure to sponsor this event!

1st Place: Badland Wolves

2nd Place: Quench & Temper, led by April Castle, alumna of University of Kentucky College of Engineering

3rd Place: Run.io and Connect

4th Place: LogoSphere from University of Kentucky College of Engineering

5th Place: LSAMP

Most Recent Video

Coronavirus Economics #7: New study shows government restrictions are stopping COVID-19.

Dr. Charles Courtemanche explains his latest study published in the Health Affairs journal about the effect of stay-at-home orders, business closures and other government measures in the spread of COVID-19.