MercatusPrograms

  • The Project for the Study of American Capitalism

    Started in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the government’s subsequent responses, the Project for the Study of American Capitalism at The Mercatus Center is a research program responding to the increased concern about the role of political favoritism in American business.  The project explores the implications of this emerging character of the economy, examining the effects it has on the standard of living in the United States and public perceptions of the legitimacy of government and business. Does it make any difference to average Americans whether ours is a more or less free market? And what can policymakers do to ensure competition and to commit in a credible way to equality of opportunity?

    Drawing on hundreds of academics from around the world, the Project for the Study of American Capitalism helps scholars and policymakers investigate the nature of these problems and identify real and sustainable solutions.

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  • Technology Policy Project

    The Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University works within the university setting to improve the state of knowledge and debate about the regulation of the Internet and high technology.

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  • State and Local Policy Project

    Many states face crushing budget deficits, rising unemployment, and other economic and social ills. The State and Local Policy Project conducts research into the institutional drivers of state and local fiscal challenges to suggest potential solutions.  The project focuses on the relationship between the states and the federal government, interest group dynamics, and the incentives behind budget and spending issues to put forward ideas for sustainable budget reform. 

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  • Spending and Budget Initiative

    The Spending and Budget Initiative draws on a team of university economists and policy practitioners with diverse expertise in government spending and budget reform, assembled to provide policymakers an honest understanding of budgets, spending, deficits, and debt and how these issues relate to economic growth and progress. Mercatus scholars work alongside policymakers to identify fiscally responsible policies and actionable options for budget reform.

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  • Program on the American Economy and Globalization

    The Program on the American Economy and Globalization helps the public and policymakers understand the benefits of an economy free from protectionist barriers against the international movement of goods, services, capital, ideas, and people. Scholars study the effects of international trade, foreign investment, and immigration on the well-being of American households and the nation’s economy.

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  • Program on Monetary Policy

    The Mercatus Center's Program on Monetary Policy is directed by Scott Sumner, who holds the Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair in Monetary Policy. The program conducts research on monetary policy reform, including rules-based Federal Reserve policy and nominal GDP targeting.

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  • Program on Financial Regulation

    The Program on Financial Regulation seeks to explore how financial markets foster economic growth and prosperity, and the role that well-designed regulation plays in these markets. The program’s scholars study whether financial regulation effectively protects investors and consumers from fraud, fosters financial stability, and allows the financial system to meet the needs of Main Street through a competitive and dynamic array of financial products and services.

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  • Program for Economic Research on Regulation

    The Program for Economic Research on Regulation works to improve the state of knowledge about regulations and their effects on society. The program identifies market-based solutions that achieve regulatory goals, improving the overall performance of the regulatory process, and acts as a resource to scholars and students who share the goal of improving regulatory policy.

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