LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE

LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE

Vilnius, Lithuania

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The mission of Lithuanian Free Market Institute is to promote individual freedom and responsibility, free markets, and limited government.

Major programs for this organization include: Government Watchdog; Leading Ideas, Inspiring Change; Municipal Performance Index for Freedom and Free Enterprise; Liberty Studies; Survey of Shadow Economy; Municipal Performance Index; Price of the State

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TOP TEN MOMENTS OF #LIBERTYFORUM2016

Every year Liberty Forum inspires and rejuvenates the individuals in the worldwide freedom movement, and this past weekend was more inspirational than ever. More than anything, there was a palpable connectedness among our partners, our supporters, and various friends and family members. With 58 countries represented, Liberty For...

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GOLDWATER INSTITUTE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

The cruel coldness of bureaucracy is never more apparent than when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps potentially life-saving drugs out of reach of terminally ill patients, even after deeming them safe. The Goldwater Institute, based in Phoenix, Ariz., is driving a new national conversation around access to treatments...

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CENTRE FOR JUSTICE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

When government violates the individual and economic liberties of entrepreneurs in Sweden, the Stockholm-based Centre for Justice (Centrum för rättvisa) fights back by defending the dreams of these entrepreneurs in court. The organization’s Litigating for Liberty project has been named one of six finalists for this year’s presti...

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FIRE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

Nearly half of America’s colleges and universities maintain blatantly unconstitutional speech codes, which are the draconian and illiberal policies that administrators use to silence unpopular and inconvenient speech on campus. That’s why Philadelphia-based FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) is fighting bac...

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THINK TANK CEOS AT RUNNYMEDE FORGE NEXT ‘MAGNA CARTA MOMENT’

It was just a year ago this month that the world celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a conciliatory agreement between King John and his noble lords at a swampy site called Runnymede about 20 miles west of London. The document served both to legally and rhetorically limit the king’s power and subjugate...

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THINK TANK MBA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 STRATEGIC PLANNING TRAINING

Successfully leading a think tank program, or an entire organization, takes much more than natural leadership and organizational skills — it requires an array of skills and strategies that must be learned from those who have already spent years in the trenches. Atlas Leadership Academy’s Think Tank MBA (TTMBA) training is an ann...

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CZECH REPUBLIC MOST FREE, FINLAND MOST RESTRICTIVE IN EU NANNY STATE INDEX

When many countries exist side by side in the same region, they have an opportunity to attract residents, tourism, and economic growth through policy competition — and people can make an informed choice about where to go to avoid overbearing government restrictions. The Nanny State Index, a new project from the European Policy I...

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BUILDING A LONG-TERM RECORD OF INFLUENTIAL FREE-MARKET REFORM IN LITHUANIA

When Elena Leontjeva was an eleven year-old girl in Vilnius, then a part of the Soviet Union, she saw a discarded gum wrapper for the first time. She had never tasted chewing gum, but as she pressed her nose to the sweet-smelling paper she could imagine what it might be like. She had a similar experience years later, as a gradua...

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AWARD-WINNING LITHUANIAN MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX UPDATED FOR 2015

Accurate information about the policies and quality of municipal governments can help people choose where they should live, build businesses, and invest their resources. It can also spur government officials to reform their regulatory climates in order to attract constituents and investment. Atlas Network partner the Lithuanian...

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ANALYZING SHADOW ECONOMIES IN LITHUANIA, BALTIC SEA REGION

When governments make it difficult for people to trade and build businesses, entire sections of an economy can disappear into the shadows. Atlas Network partner the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) recently released a new study about the shadow economies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Sweden, and Poland. The stud...

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THINK TANK MBA TRAINING BRINGS TOGETHER WORLDWIDE FREE-MARKET LEADERS

Working toward a free society can often seem like an uphill battle, but that struggle is shared by Atlas Network partners across the globe. They all have valuable ideas and proven strategies for success to learn and to share with each other. Think Tank MBA (TTMBA), Atlas Network’s flagship training program within Atlas Leadershi...

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THINK TANK CEOS GATHER IN LITHUANIA TO CHALLENGE STATUS QUO

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), and nearly one year since the organization won the 2014 Templeton Freedom Award, the Vilnius-based think tank welcomed CEOs from Atlas Network partner organizations across Europe and the United States for the inaugural Transatlantic CEO Summi...

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NEW TEXTBOOK PROVIDES ECONOMIC LITERACY TO LITHUANIAN STUDENTS

It’s important to instill an understanding of economic reasoning and principles at an early age, so that young people don’t fall prey to fallacies and the wishful thinking of most public policy proposals. Atlas Network partner the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) has produced a new textbook, Economics in 31 Hours, which a...

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CULTIVATING NEXT GENERATION OF ASIAN, AFRICAN POLICY LEADERS IN INDIA

Making an impact in public policy requires learning rigorous research methods and best practices in publishing policy papers. At the recent CPPR-Atlas Policy School 2015, participants spent 14 days of intensive training in which they were challenged to develop their research agenda, conduct field research, draft policy papers, a...

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NEW TAX CALCULATOR LAUNCHED IN POLAND

One of the most important reasons that Atlas Network brings together partner organizations from across the globe is so that the best ideas conceived, formulated, and implemented by each of them can be replicated elsewhere — allowing everybody to build on each other’s strengths and success. The latest project to follow this model...

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REALIZING THE WORLDWIDE VISION OF ANTONY FISHER

The key to achieving a free society is, first and foremost, to change the climate of ideas. That’s the lesson that Atlas Network founder Sir Antony Fisher drew from Nobel laureate economist Friedrich Hayek before he abandoned his electoral ambitions to begin work founding and supporting think tanks that would assemble the analyt...

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ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS SELECTED FOR LEVERAGING INDICES GRANT

To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In order advance this goal, Atlas Network has proposed using reputable international rankings or indices and then objectively assessing the results of think tanks’ work as they try t...

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LITHUANIAN FREE-MARKET LEADER ELECTED MAYOR

The ideas of liberty can best be implemented in the public sphere when political leaders have a thorough grounding in the importance of free markets, individual rights, and peace. In a recent Lithuanian election, the people of Vilnius elected a new mayor who has precisely those qualities — Remigijus Simasius, former president of...

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LFMI WEBINAR EXPLAINS AWARD-WINNING MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX

When people are free to vote with their feet, moving from one city to another in pursuit of lower taxes, a more favorable regulatory climate, and greater economic opportunity, municipal governments have to respond with better policy. In order to make informed choices about where to live, though, people need quality information....

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EUROPEAN THINK TANKS LAUNCH EPICENTER TO ADDRESS KEY EU ISSUES

Six European think tanks recently launched EPICENTER (the European Policy Information Center) in Brussels, Belgium. EPICENTER is a new project aimed at providing “decision-makers with research and insight on a number of key economic issues,” developing free-market solutions to some of the European Union’s (EU) most daunting chal...

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LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE LAUNCHES TAX CALCULATOR

The Lithuanian Free Market Institute has launched a new tax calculator named “Mocu Mokescius” (“I Pay the Taxes”), that familiarizes Lithuanian taxpayers with the amount they truly pay in taxes and to see clearly how the government spends their money. In countries like Lithuania it can be difficult to tell how much of a paycheck...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES SOUGHT IN LITHUANIA

In anticipation of the Euro coming to Lithuania, some government leaders are pushing a new increase in what is called the minimum monthly wage (MMW) out of fear the new currency will lead to higher prices. Atlas Network partner Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s president, Zilvinas Selinas, pushed back on this rationale explaini...

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LITHUANIA’S UNSTABLE TAX SYSTEM

Is there a cure to an unstable tax system? If so, Lithuania needs it. In the last decade, the laws on the five main taxes of Lithuania were changed 193 times. Kaetana Leontjeva, analyst at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), recently wrote an article for Lithuania’s IQ Magazine. In the article, Leontjeva calls for a ch...

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