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.

Our Next Event

"I Got My Start By Giving Myself a Start: Madam C. J. Walker's Secrets to Business Success” by A'Lelia Bundles
Co-Sponsors: Lewis Honors College Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and UK Martin Luther King Center

September 29, 2020
6:00pm to 7:30pm


Current Research

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19: Evidence from Six Large Cities

Joseph Benitez, Charles Courtemanche, Aaron Yelowitz

Did Social-Distancing Measures in Kentucky Help to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve?

Charles Courtemanche, Joseph Garuccio, Ann Le, Joshua Pinkston, Aaron Yelowitz

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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In the News

Aaron Yelowitz, an ISFE Affiliate, had his previous study mentioned by Isheka N. Harrison in The Moguldom Nation.

Aaron Yelowitz, an ISFE affiliate has his work mentioned by Bill McCarthy in PolitiFact.

Aaron Yelowitz, an ISFE affiliate has his work mentioned by Bill McCarthy in PolitiFact.

Bradley Hardy and Trevon D. Logan reference Aaron Yelowitz and Chuck Courtemanche's newest paper on racial inequality in COVID.

German Lopez of Vox, includes the research done by Chuck Courtemanche and Aaron Yelowitz, in the article below.

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.