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more than 450 free-market organizations in over 90 countries to the
ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

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Since its founding and according to its bylaws, Atlas Network has relied solely on
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FINDING THE “GHOST TEACHERS” IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) is tackling the problem of “ghost teachers” — teachers who no longer work in a classroom, but go to work for the teachers’ union and manage to stay on district payroll, receive health benefits, and amass pension credits, just as if they were teaching in a school. CF is working ha...

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TRAILBLAZERS: THE NEW ZEALAND STORY

The economic liberalization of New Zealand in the 1980s and 1990s under Finance Ministers Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson remains an inspiring case study of fostering economic growth through rolling back government subsidies and protectionist import controls. Free to Choose Network (FTCN) – an Atlas Network partner whose missi...

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EASYBUSINESS TAKES CARE OF ENTREPRENEURS IN UKRAINE

The World Bank’s Doing Business report ranks economies on their ease of doing business, from 1–190, “...by sorting the aggregate distance to frontier scores on 10 topics, each consisting of several indicators, giving equal weight to each topic.” In 2016, Ukraine landed in 80th position, with further improvement expected, for eas...

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IJ GATHERS COALITION TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ASSET FORFEITURE

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice are set to launch new efforts to increase the federal government’s use of civil asset forfeiture. In response, the Institute for Justice (IJ), an Atlas Network partner, formed a coalition to send a letter to Committee on the Judiciary Charimen Goodlatte a...

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CCS EDUDOC FILM CONTEST FOSTERS COLLABORATION, COMPETITION

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS), an Atlas Network partner based in New Delhi, fosters such a collaborative and competitive free society with its EduDoc: Stories of Education International Short Film Competition, this year occurring on November 12. The competition features videos under 5 minutes that highlight the many solutio...

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TURKEY SEEKS ECONOMIC FREEDOM AMIDST DEMOCRATIC SETBACK

Turkey has recently experienced a steep decline in various democracy and freedom indexes all over the world. The Freedom Research Association (FRA) – a Turkish Atlas Network partner organization based in Ankara – has taken the initiative to promote economic liberty as a means to change this trend, recently completing an Economic...

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IEA ASKS IF THERE’S A FREE-MARKET FIX TO OVERFISHING

Overfishing is often cited as an example of market failure. This metaphor can illustrate a ‘tragedy of the commons’ with poor incentives, where the benefits of overfishing are concentrated among a few parties while the costs are shared evenly by all. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), an Atlas Network partner based in the...

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PENSION REFORM IN MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA SHOWS SHIFTING PUBLIC OPINION

Like many states, Michigan has tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities relating to its public pension system, clocking in at $29.1 billion. However, its state legislature recently passed reforms aimed at introducing sustainability to the system – reforms that have been championed by the Mackinac Center for Public Pol...

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FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT TAKES COURAGE

In today’s fight for freedom, courage and bravery to face opposition are job requirements. Leaders of free-market think tanks often face criticism ranging from unfriendly media to death threats. So how do today’s leaders remain committed to staying the course?

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FEE’S ‘COMMON SENSE SOAPBOX’ VIDEO SERIES MIXES POP CULTURE AND POLICY

Traditional scholarly pursuits such as publishing white papers and hosting academic seminars in the “thinking” industry of non-profits often neglect crucial audiences in the battle for ideas. The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) – an Atlas Network partner organization based in Atlanta, Ga. – has been hard at work developi...

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EVIDENCE SHOWS DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN HUMAN WELL BEING

Numbers are powerful when debating a policy issue. Statistics inform effective analysis, interpretation, and storytelling of an issue. In this upcoming webinar about backing up arguments with data, the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Marian Tupy, will discu...

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THE DAVIDS WHO ARE DEFEATING THE BIG GOVERNMENT GOLIATH

Atlas Network has more than 475 partners in over 90 countries working diligently to lower barriers to freedom and prosperity. Their stories of successes and challenges are a reminder to not take freedom for granted, to be prepared to sacrifice for it, and to dream big about what can be accomplished for freedom – because big chan...

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‘TWENTY-FIVE FOR ALL’ IN ITALY

Four and a half million Italians live in absolute poverty despite an intricate welfare system. The Italian tax system has impeded the Italian economy from achieving its full potential, says Istutito Bruno Leoni (IBL) – an Atlas Network partner organization based in Torino, Italy – which has put forth an ambitious reform proposal...

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CCS CASE STUDY SHOWS SUCCESS IN REMOVING BARRIERS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

India long has been known for its Permit Raj, also known as the Licensing Raj, which makes it difficult to establish a legal business and pushes many people into the informal economy. Indeed, more than 90 percent of Indians, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s GDP, work outside of the law. Street vendors play a sign...

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BLOGGING FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN PUERTO RICO

The Centro para Renovación Económica, Crecimiento y Excelencia (CRECE) may be less than three years old, but it has made great strides this year toward establishing itself as a key proponent of Puerto Rico’s economic growth.

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TAX FREEDOM DAY IN GREECE SLIDES TO 203 DAYS INTO THE YEAR

It took 203 days into 2017 for the nation of Greece to pay off its collective tax obligations to its government – a full 15 days later than it took in 2016, suggesting a greater and growing burden on taxpayers. July 23 marked the first day of the year that Greek people worked for themselves and not the state, meaning that since...

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SNAPSHOTS FROM BRATISLAVA: EUROPE THINK TANK ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP 2017

Twenty participants from 17 think tanks in 10 countries from around Europe gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia, July 20-23, 2017, to participate in Atlas Network’s annual Think Tank Essentials Workshop in Europe. This course is part of Atlas Network’s robust coaching and training programs under Atlas Leadership Academy.

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CIPS THINK TANK SHARK TANK-WINNING FOOD TRADE COURSE GOES LIVE

Launching on July 26, CIPS’s very first MOOC is a free, four-week online course for young Indonesians to learn about food trade from top economic experts, taking participants through valuable knowledge about how food trade works, and how Indonesia’s policies impact everyday lives — especially the low-income families who earn as...

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FINLAND’S LIBERA FOUNDATION TAKES AIM AT BIG GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY

In Finland, the government holds high stakes in private organizations through generous public funding, often making the private organizations more concerned with the needs of the government than the people. A large source of the public funding is taken straight from the taxpayers through the state lottery and gaming system.

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SUMMER UNION OPT-OUT SAVINGS FOR NEVADA TEACHERS

Each year, teachers in Nevada can opt out of union membership; however, the opportunity to opt out is constrained to a two-week period (July 1-15) in the middle of their summer vacation — a time when few teachers are actively thinking about school-related activities. The Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) runs an annual cam...

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