The Mercatus Center


The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.

A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.

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  • Dudley, Susan E.; Brito, Jerry (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2012-08-14)
    Federal regulations affect nearly every area of our lives and interest in them is increasing. However, many people have no idea how regulations are developed or how they have an impact on our lives. Regulation: A Primer ...
  • Peirce, Hester; Broughel, James; Greene, Robert W.; McLaughlin, Patrick A.; Verret, J. W.; White, Lawrence J. (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2012)
    More than 360,000 words in length, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the longest and most complex piece of financial legislation in American history. The nature and magnitude of its effects, ...
  • Ruger, William; Sorens, Jason (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2013-03-28)
    Now in its third edition, Freedom in the 50 States presents a completely revised and updated ranking of the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms. This ...
  • Holcombe, Randall G.; Castillo, Andrea M. (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2013-04-23)
    Political and economic systems either allow exchange and resource allocation to take place through mutual agreement under a system of liberalism, or force them to take place under a system of cronyism in which some people ...