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Special Message: First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during our country’s unprecedented health and economic crisis.

At the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, whether we work remotely or in the office, we continue to do what we do best: advance market-oriented ideas by conducting cutting-edge research; developing world-class talent; and communicating with key decision-makers, opinion-leaders, educators, and the public. 


In fact, Mercatus is busier and more productive than ever. The COVID-19 crisis has generated many questionable policy and economic ideas. Our scholars are working overtime to inject market-oriented ideas and new research into the debates over America’s response to the global pandemic and other challenges.

Here are some of the ambitious COVID-19-related initiatives (and investment opportunities) we’ve launched since mid-March. We are:

  • Proposing a “Fresh Start” for America’s businesses and entrepreneurs by reforming or repealing burdensome regulations suspended during the crisis. 
  • Actively informing policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through a new policy brief series that contains recommendations policymakers can put into practice immediately, as well as forward-looking analyses for the coming 6 to 12 months.
  • Rewarding innovation and ingenuity in the face of crisis through our Emergent Ventures $1.5 million prize fund and $25 million Fast Grants program, which awards grants to scientists working at the cutting edge of COVID-19 research.
  • Reaching millions who finished out the school year online with Marginal Revolution University’s 900 economics education videos, which are now part of an impressive line-up of premium educational content on YouTube’s Learn@Home.

Our graduate fellowship programs also finished out the school year online. More than 280 of the most talented graduate students from across America joined us for remote mentoring and virtual conferences to learn how to apply market-oriented ideas to today’s most pressing problems.

In order for these initiatives to continue and succeed, we’re asking you to invest now. Mercatus is 100-percent privately funded, and your support plays a vital role. Help us advance better policy and economic ideas in the coming weeks and months—so that America emerges from the current COVID-19 crisis more resilient, stronger, and healthier than before.

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