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

Chain Restaurant Calorie Posting Laws, Obesity, and Consumer Welfare

Charles Courtemanche, David Frisvold, David Jimenez-Gomez, Mariétou H. Ouayogodé, Michael Price

The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data

Charles Courtemanche, Chad Cotti, Joanna Catherine Maclean, Erik Nesson, Michael Pesko, Nathan Tefft

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The Allocation and Exchange of Property Rights as a Way to Understand Comparative Economics Systems and Managerial Economics

John Garen

Economic systems are described by the manner that property rights are allocated to individuals, to the government, or to interests groups. Property rights entail control of use of assets, claim on the net income from an asset, and transferability of the previous two.

Medicaid Coverage across the Income Distribution under the Affordable Care Act

Charles Courtemanche, James Marton, Aaron Yelowitz

This chapter examines trends in Medicaid enrollment across the income distribution after the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

Social Security and Medicare Spending Growth: Is It Just More Seniors or More Per Senior?

John Garen

Long-term federal budget forecasts show sizable increases in federal spending in the coming decades. A large share of this increase in spending is due to Social Security and Medicare.

In the News

The Institute's faculty affiliate, Dr. Ken Troske, gives his insight to Bloomberg Businessweek on the massive virus relief fund, due to his experience on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel.

ISFE's research associate, Daniel DiMartino's latest op-ed in The National Interest talks about what is not the answer to the Coronavirus crisis.

ISFE's reserach associate, Daniel DiMartino had his latest op-ed published in the Washington Examiner about anti-price gouging laws leading to shortages during the coronavirus crisis.

ISFE Affiliate John Garen has an Op-Ed published in the Lane Report on school choice.

ISFE Affiliate Aaron Yelowitz has an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal.

Our Next Event

Virtual Entrepreneurship - Guest speaker, Nick Mattingly
Co-Sponsored by: The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise

April 15, 2020
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Webinar via Zoom