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Epicenter Exposes European Nanny State

Sin taxes, which are levied on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco products, and have become increasingly popular worldwide. In their newly released Nanny State Index, European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER), an Atlas Network partner in Belgium, argues that sin taxes are frivolous and count...

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Nataliya Melnyk wins 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank Europe competition

Nataliya Melnyk of Bendukidze Free Market Center has won the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank—Europe competition for her pitch to create an educational course for middle school students. Generously sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, the regional Think Tank Shark Tank competitions award $10,000 in seed funding to the winner.

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Association Multi Wins the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Europe

Association Multi (Multi) has been awarded the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Europe for “Education for Students and Young Leaders,” a lecture series on contemporary topics such as cryptocurrencies, behavioral economics, and marijuana legalization. As a result of Multi’s work, classical liberal ideas have been growing in Bos...

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ATLAS NETWORK PROUD TO ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF CENTER FOR AFRICAN PROSPERITY

[ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 1, 2019] Atlas Network is delighted to announce the Center for African Prosperity, a new opportunity to focus on the role that free markets, property rights, and the rule of law have in creating the conditions for people to thrive in the region. Under the direction of internationally-recognized business entr...

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Can Think Tanks Create the Inevitable?

Milton Friedman once noted that the role of think tanks is to “primarily keep options open, to have available alternatives, so when the brute force of events makes a change inevitable, there is an alternative available to change it.” Friedman’s sentiment is often cited as a kind of value proposition for think tanks around the gl...

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How the retailer tax in Slovakia was abolished

Several Eastern European countries have been flirting with various forms of a “retailer tax.” This tax is similar (but not equal) to the value added tax (VAT) and the sales tax. The proclaimed aim of the tax is to “punish” international retail chains, who have been repeatedly blamed for problems of local farmers and the local fo...

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LFMI Tests Lithuania’s Economics Knowledge for Second Straight Year

On March 27, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) conducted its second National Economics Exam, which seeks to encourage economic literacy and education while giving people a chance to test their knowledge. Through this test, LFMI anticipates that more people will deepen their economic understanding and appreciation of co...

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Thoughts for Sri Lanka

At last month’s Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo, we were fortunate enough to meet and grow closer with our amazing Sri Lankan partners. When the news of the deadly bombings first broke on Sunday, our hearts broke over this heinous tragedy.

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NZTU Campaign Successfully Fights Punitive Capital Gains Tax

The complex elements of tax systems differ in every country, but in New Zealand, the tax system is known for being simple and predictable. Unfortunately, this system was almost undermined as a result of a capital gains tax proposal initiated by the Tax Working Group, a government advisory body. New Zealand Taxpayers Union (NZTU)...

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IMANI Fights for Proper Contract Enforcement in Ghana

The logistical difficulties of running a business vary from country to country, but in Ghana, the judicial system has become a significant hindrance to business development. But IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI), an Accra-based Atlas Network partner, has launched a successful effort to change the way the courts resp...

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Freedom Flourishes at LibertyCon 2019 in Belgrade

Over 800 of the world’s most passionate libertarian minds convened in Belgrade, Serbia for the 8th annual LibertyCon Europe. The conference, which was held April 5-7, has become an annual tradition in Europe and brings together academics, students, and activists who are passionate about the ideas of liberty. The theme for this y...

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State-Owned Enterprises in Mexico Pressured for Transparency and Openness

Energy-focused state-owned enterprises (SOE) play a critical role in Mexico’s economic growth, but they often operate under poor governance structures, weak management systems, and widespread inefficiency. Worse, poor transparency practices make SOE’s vulnerable to corruption. With Mexico’s government still in a state of transit...

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Taxpayers Calculator Launches in Peru

Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru launched a tax calculator for Peruvian taxpayers last month. This tool makes it possible for Peruvians to calculate and track how much of their money is going to taxes and see exactly how the government is spending it. In the future, Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru hopes to expand the...

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Rolling back the outdated ban on the sale of farmland in Ukraine

About 7 million landowners are legally prohibited from selling their land in Ukraine, the only democratic state where people are prohibited from freely disposing of their property. This 15 percent of the population owns 70 percent of the land, much of which is underutilized. The moratorium on the sale of agricultural land in the...

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LIMS Lights Up Lebanon

Rolling blackouts and spending billions on subsidies to a failing state-owned electricity company, Electricité Du Liban (EDL), have been facts of life in Lebanon the last several years. The subsidies to EDL from 2008 to 2017 have averaged 3.8 percent of GDP and constitute roughly half of Lebanon’s fiscal deficit. Recognizing thi...

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CRECE’s Economic Freedom Index Assesses Puerto Rico’s Economy

More than a decade after Puerto Rico’s worst economic crisis began, high taxes, recurring fiscal deficits, and a challenging business climate continue to affect the island’s freedom potential and economic growth. Centro para Renovación Económica, Crecimiento y Excelencia (CRECE) recently released Puerto Rico Economic Freedom Ind...

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In Africa, Effective Aid is Local Aid

Bring up the topic of Africa to most Americans and their minds will race through images of slums, hungry children, undrinkable water, and war. For some, it’s comforting to know that the United States government invests huge sums of cash and capital in the continent, even if the goals aren’t always clear. Many Americans even cont...

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Quit horsing around: PERC’s solution to the wild horse crisis

While some governments worry about repopulating near extinct animal species, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently tasked with managing the overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public land. BLM has struggled to control the population in a cost-efficient manner, so the Montana-based Property and En...

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Atlas Network Announces Updates to the Leadership Team

Atlas Network is pleased to announce that Chad Goote is joining the organization as Vice President of Development. Goote is currently serving as Vice President of Advancement at Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a Florida-based think tank and Atlas Network partner. He will join Atlas Network on May 1.

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