CSEL seeks to advance the prospects of self-governance by expanding our understanding of voluntary human action and the diverse patterns of association, problem solving, conflict resolution, and resource management that emerge when people are self-governing, and also to apply these insights to contemporary issues in policymaking, philanthropy and social enterprise.
CSEL seeks to investigate how both the reality and perception of economic opportunity can be enhanced through research on the impact of regulation, institutions, governance, rules, and social norms on economic liberty.
The Doing Business North America 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.
Modeled upon the methodology of the World Bank’s Doing Business report, the Center’s Doing Business North America report will measure the regulations which apply to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle.
CSEL undertakes research that seeks to enhance our historical and philosophical understanding of the role economic liberty plays in human betterment. The Center also hosts conferences, a weekly research workshop, faculty/grad student reading groups, fellowship programs, and public events on the history and philosophy of economics.