Think Tanks and Research Organizations

Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

The CATO Institute

The Cato Institute public policy research foundation named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution. The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is an institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.   AEI is home to some of America’s most accomplished public policy experts. The Institute’s community of scholars is committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.

Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution’s mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:  strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. The research agenda and recommendations of Brookings’s experts are rooted in open-minded inquiry and our scholars represent diverse points of view.

American Institution for Economic Research

American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) conducts independent, scientific, economic research to educate individuals, thereby advancing their personal interests and those of the Nation.

Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. EPI was the first — and remains the premier — organization to focus on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families.

Property and Environment Research Center

PERC is the nation’s oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through markets and property rights. Formed more than 25 years ago, PERC applies economic thinking to environmental problems. Located in Bozeman Montana, PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism (FME).