• Advancing Human Betterment

The phenomenal upswing in human wellbeing and prosperity over the past two hundred years has been fueled by the idea of economic liberty and the alignment of formal and informal institutions which enhanced its effect. The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, a joint endeavor of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and the W. P. Carey School of Business, is dedicated to evaluating the contribution of economic liberty to human betterment.

Upcoming Events

September 9, 2019

Working Vocabulary: Why Talking About Work Matters

This is a talk about work — and about what we say when we talk about it. Work — all kinds of it (at home, at the office, on farms and in factories, all the way up and down the pay-scale) — is the engine that drives the free market.

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September 10, 2019

Capitalism and the Family

In this lecture, Horwitz will provide a history of the family as a social institution and argue that capitalism/classical liberalism and the wealth that it created were fundamental in transforming the family from an economic institution that was not good for women and kids to the predominan

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October 9, 2019

Doing Business North America - AZ Launch

The "Doing Business North America" (DBNA) project will provide objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 115 cities in 92 states, provinces, and federal districts which comprise the sub-national units of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Recent News

The Arizona Legislature recently passed HB 2569, a bill that would loosen occupational licensing laws in the state by recognizing out-of-state

Last spring, Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, in partnership with the W. P.

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