Mercatus Center Inc

Arlington, VA   |  http://www.mercatus.org

Mission

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, the Mercatus Center 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.

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

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Dan Rothschild

Main address

3434 Washington Blvd 4th Floor

Arlington, VA 22201 USA

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EIN

54-1436224

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Economics (as a Social Science) (V22)

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Capitol Hill Campus

Capitol Hill Campus brings faculty and accessible academic research to policy makers and makes scholars aware of policy makers’ needs for relevant analysis of public policy problems.

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Enterprise Africa seeks to develop and disseminate knowledge about enterprise-based solutions to poverty and the institutional conditions that enable entrepreneurs to improve the quality of lives for themselves and their communities. Through rigorous case analyses developed through intensive hands-on field research, Enterprise Africa scholars access local knowledge to put forward important institutional lessons about what works in development policy.

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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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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the name implies, Mercatus research focuses on how markets solve problems.

Our goal is to bridge the gap between academic research and public policy problems, advancing an understanding of the economics of public policy.

We do this through education (graduate student training), research (peer-reviewed academic publications and policy studies), and outreach (media, testimony, and lectures).

More specifically, Mercatus scholars conduct their own research regarding which institutions—markets, governments, nonprofits, or combinations of the three—promote the best social outcomes.

Through our visiting scholars program, academic seminars and workshops, and participation in professional academic association meetings, we encourage a lively and interdisciplinary engagement with our research.

The Mercatus Center’s “economic toolkit” draws from Nobel laureates Friedrich A. Hayek, Elinor Ostrom, Douglass North, and George Mason University’s own James Buchanan and Vernon Smith.

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Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
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Board chair

Tyler Cowen