The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato's Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today's world of global markets and unprecedented access to more information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.
The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute will use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.
The Range of Cato's Work
The principles of liberty and limited government impact nearly every dimension of public policy. Consequently, Cato scholars focus on a wide range of areas:
-Education and Child Policy
-Law and Civil Liberties
-Energy and Environment
-Finance, Banking and Monetary Policy
-Foreign Policy and National Security
-Tax and Budget Policy
-Government and Politics
-Telecom, Internet and Information Policy
-Health, Welfare and Entitlements
-Trade and Immigration
-International Economics and Development
How Cato Is Funded
In order to maintain its independence, the Cato Institute accepts no government funding. Cato receives approximately 80 percent of its funding through tax-deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT
Cato seeks to promote a better understanding around the world of the benefits of market-liberal policy solutions to combat some of the most pressing problems faced by developing nations. In particular, Cato’s research seeks to advance policies that protect human rights, extend the range of personal choice, and support the central role of economic freedom in ending world poverty. Cato scholars also recognize that open markets mean wider choices and lower prices for businesses and consumers, as well as more vigorous competition that encourages greater productivity.
Areas of Expertise
-IMF and the World Bank
-Financial Crises and the Global Financial System
-International Social Security Reform
-International Tax Competition
-Growth and Development