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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, we’ve made a smooth transition to remote work and 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. Early reactions to the COVID-19 crisis have generated a lot of bad 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:

  • Actively informing policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through a special series of practical COVID-19 policy briefs, which contain research-based recommendations that 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 making investment grants to people working to solve COVID-19 related problems.

  • Reaching millions who are now finishing out the school year online with Marginal Revolution University’s educational resources, which are now part of an impressive line-up of premium educational content on YouTube’s Learn@Home

Most of our graduate fellowship programs have moved online as well. Over 250 of the most talented graduate students from across America are learning market-oriented ideas and how to apply them through selected readings, remote mentoring, and interactive video conferences.

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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