Mercatus Center Policy Guide

The 2015 Mercatus Policy Guide is intended to summarize and condense the best research available on the most pressing topics. It serves as a starting point for discussion, not a comprehensive overview of economic policy.

The Mercatus Policy Guide summarizes key studies and commentary from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The work is distinctive for its economic perspective on the most pressing public policy debates, including federal government spending and debt, health care and retirement security, tax policy, regulation, financial markets, and emerging technology, among others. Throughout the guide, each topic summary links to the relevant Mercatus studies and other products that illuminate the issues discussed.

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. 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. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.