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.

Annual Report

ISFE 2019-2020 Annual Report

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

The new study by our director, Chuck Courtemanche, affiliate Aaron Yelowitz, Anh Le, and Ron Zimmer, finds a link between school reopening and the spread of Covid is featured in Chalkbeat.

The most recent study on COVID-19 and school reopenings by our ISFE Director Chuck Courtemanche, Aaron Yelowitz, Anh Le, and Ron Zimmer was featured in the most recent UKNow.



According to Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution, the NEW paper by Chuck Courtemanche, Aaron Yelowitz, Anh Le, & Ron Zimmer, sheds some new light on the topic of COVID-19, Texas, & school reopenings.

A NEW paper is out our by our director Chuck Courtemanche, Aaron Yelowitz, Ron Zimmer, and Anh H. Lee, in NBER.

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.