We do this in three vital ways:

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Develop Tomorrow's Leaders

The ideas that change society and shape the future come out of universities. Mercatus works with professors and students whose research, teaching, and public engagement lay out the blueprint for a freer, more prosperous, and more civil society. We are greatly encouraged by the growing number of talented students from across the globe who want to receive Mercatus training through our fellowship programs. By 2020, we will have more than 1,000 alumni who are applying the ideas they learned at Mercatus to real-world problems. In addition, we work to improve the general understanding of economics and its role in everyone’s lives through Marginal Revolution University, our award-winning online economics education platform; faculty-led research in the F. A. Hayek Program; and collaboration with other university-based research centers.


Produce Research That Matters in the Real World

Mercatus has a long history of applying the best market-oriented ideas in the academy to solving real-world policy challenges. Our university affiliation and rigorous research standards make Mercatus a trusted voice in the public arena. We confront policy problems by proposing research-based solutions that have been honed by the criticisms and challenges of peers within the academy, so that our ideas have depth, strength, and credibility with people of all political stripes—not just a partisan few. In the past five years, we have expanded our research portfolio by adding health care, cronyism, monetary policy, and trade focuses in direct response to the always-changing nature of the policy world and to address issues that matter most to everyday citizens.

Effectively Communicate Economic Ideas

While developing talent and conducting quality research are essential, we use policy outreach, media engagement, and high-value events to make our economic ideas accessible to everyone. Mercatus scholars routinely educate policymakers and discuss how their findings can be used to improve policy solutions. But we don’t just speak truth to power; we tell it to the public as well. Mercatus is cited in the media over 20,000 times each year and regularly hosts national opinion leaders for widely-attended public conversations.


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There’s never been a better time to be alive, but there’s still work to be done to make tomorrow better for future generations. The Mercatus Center is 100 percent privately funded. We do not receive funding from federal, state, or local governments. It is only through partnering with individuals like you that we can continue turning academic ideas into real-world solutions. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Mercatus Center's Tax ID number is 54-1436224.

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