About Us

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.

Current Research

Did COVID-19 Change Life Insurance Offerings?

Timothy F. Harris, Aaron Yelowitz, Charles Courtemanche

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Targeting Intensive Job Assistance to Ex-Offenders by the Nature of Offense: Results from a Randomized Control Trial

Christopher R. Bollinger, Aaron Yelowitz

Abstract: As many as two-thirds of newly-released inmates will be arrested for a new offense within three years. This study evaluates the impact of job assistance on recidivism rates among ex-offenders.


In the News

ISFE is glad to be partnered with Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education to expand the Danny Dollar Academy program’s reach and cover the cost of educator professional development. Be sure to check it out!


ISFE affiliate, Aaron Yelowtiz was quoted in this California Healthline article regarding the measuring the impact of outdoor dining and COVID-19.


The latest opinion piece by our affiliate, Aaron Yelowitz, is published in The Dallas Morning News.


Director Charles Courtemanche, affiliate Aaron Yelowitz and Timothy Harris wrote an op-ed for IZA World of Labor on how COVID-19 made a minimal impact on the life insurance market as a whole.


This NPR article mentioned the Health Affairs social distancing study by director Chuck Courtemanche and co-authors Aaron Yelowitz, Anh Le, Joey Garuccio and Josh Pinkston.


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.