Our Next Event

Fixing the Organ Donation Market
A workshop with Dr. Ike Brannon, President of Capital Policy Analytics

November 30, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Gatton 311

About Us

The John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the role that markets play in the economy and in society. The Institute’s mission is to generate intellectually rigorous research and an open dialogue to discover and understand how free enterprise affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society.

Current Research

Early Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Access, Risky Health Behaviors, and Self-Assessed Health

Charles Courtemanche, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert, Aaron Yelowitz, Daniela Zapata

This research sheds new light on the effects of the Affordable Care Act. During the first two years of the ACA access to health care increased but health outcomes and behaviors remained unchanged, according to findings by Schnatter Institute Director Yelowitz with coauthors Courtemanche, Marton, Ukert and Zapata. With efforts at the national level to repeal and replace the ACA this research suggests that though access to care may decrease, health outcomes are unlikely to change.

The Growth of Government, Trust in Government, and Evidence on Their Coevolution

Steven Gordon, John Garen, J. R. Clark

Only one in five Americans trust the United States government to do the right thing most of the time. This is down from three in four Americans in the 1960s. What has led to the erosion of trust? Gordon, Garen and Clark find that the growth in government by politicians who are currying the favors of special interests may play a large role.

Modern Politics and the Passions

David Bradshaw

Dr. Bradshaw explores today’s political, social and moral divides with reference to the works of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Finding that behind these ideas are destructive forms of thinking and feeling, Bradshaw argues that to unify requires returning to the classical disciplines imbedded in Plato, Aristotle and the Christian ideal of educating the passions.

In the News

NOV 15th: Dr. Yelowitz's work discussed in the New York Post

NOV 10th: Dr. Yelowitz's article in the Herald Leader supporting Arthur Laffer's panel discussion 

Tuesday, November 7th, a column of Dr. John Garen "Pensions and Pension Reform" was published online by The Lane Report

OCT 20, Dr. Ken Troske was a guest on "Behind the Blue" talking about Economic Perspectives 

OCT 13th, WKYT interviewed Dr. Yelowitz regarding health care in Kentucky

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