American Institute for Economic Research

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Founded in 1933, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) is one of the oldest and most respected nonpartisan economic research and advocacy organizations in the country. With a global reach and influence, AIER is dedicated to developing and promoting the ideas of pure freedom and private governance by combining advanced economic research with accessible media outreach and educational programming to cultivate a better, broader understanding of the fundamental principles that enable peace and prosperity around the world.

Our Vision

AIER envisions a world in which societies are organized according to the principles of pure freedom—in which the role of government is sharply confined to the provision of public goods and individuals can flourish within a truly free market and a free society.

In pursuit of this vision, AIER utilizes careful and comprehensive research to better understand the economic principles that have led to a spectacular increase in prosperity and to effectively transmit that greater understanding to policymakers, educators, and the general public through thoughtfully crafted and widely disseminated publications and targeted, practical and accessible education programs.

Why We Exist

The fundamental ideas of personal freedom, free markets, private property, sound money, and private governance, have led to a level of prosperity in the US and around the world that is without precedent in human history. Yet the ideologies of socialism and centralization are alive and well today. Markets are routinely villainized in the media, schools, and politics.

Cutting through the noise of partisan shouting matches, AIER relies on objective, scientific research to show how these principles and their implementation lead to sustained economic prosperity and human flourishing. By educating policymakers, educators, and the general public in these truths, we are striving toward a world where all people enjoy the benefits of a truly free society.

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