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PIONEER INSTITUTE’S NEXT STOP: A FIRST-CLASS TRANSIT SYSTEM

September 18, 2017 | by Austin Skiera

The Boston area’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or the T) serves 1.3 million commuters who rely on the system to get to work each day. Institutional and operational issues led to the system’s virtual shut down for several weeks in early 2015, leaving thousands of riders in the lurch and taking a devastating toll on the regional economy. This prompted Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, an Atlas Network partner based in Boston, to take action by offering actionable, commonsense reforms to the MBTA’s finances, governance, and operations in order to bring costs under control, improve efficiency, and enhance performance and reliability.

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SFL — PHILIPPINES HOSTS INAUGURAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE

September 11, 2017

Students for Liberty — Philippines held its inaugural Students for Liberty — Philippines conference on July 21-22, educating more than 60 people from local universities on SFL’s core ideas of individual liberties and free markets. Speakers included Business Week columnist Nonoy Oplas, former German MP Markus Löning as well as the president of Liberal International, the Andorran diplomat and former foreign minister Juli Minoves.

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2017 NANNY STATE INDEX SHOWS BEST AND WORST COUNTRIES TO EAT AND DRINK IN THE EU

September 11, 2017

Belgium-based EPICENTER and the Slovenian Visio Institute recently published this year’s Nanny State Index, which explores the increased regulations on the “lifestyles of citizens in the areas of beverages, food, alcohol, and cigarettes” in the 28 member states of the European Union. It was found that in 2017 the indicators were worse than in 2016, which is a reflection of increased paternalism. Taking into account the Index’s 22 indicators, it was found that the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are the most liberal EU countries in terms of lifestyle regulations, while Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Hungary, and Sweden are the most paternalistic.

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HUNDREDS OF YOUTH MEET TO DISCUSS INNOVATING A FREER FUTURE IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION

September 11, 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia, is rapidly becoming home to a movement of young people committed to the ideals of a free and open society. Nothing demonstrates that more than Students For Liberty (SFL) Indonesia’s Asia Pacific SFL Conference, recently held in Jakarta from August 18-20 under the organizing theme of “Living the Future – Technology & Innovation for a Freer Future.”

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MESSAGE OF LIBERTY SPREADS TO MILLIONS OF NEW READERS

September 11, 2017

Often, those who may immediately benefit greatly from the ideas of economic freedom are those who have never been exposed to them. One such group of people are the over 35 million speakers of Malayalam in southwestern India. An ongoing project of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), an Atlas Network partner organization based in Kochi, India, has been to teach Malayalam speakers about classical liberalism by translating influential works touting free societies.

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OVERCOMING THE OUTSIDER’S DILEMMA: CAN PHILANTHROPISTS HELP THE DEVELOPING WORLD?

September 6, 2017 | by Matt Warner

Today’s top-down, economic development aid model is unavoidably flawed. The nature of economic development requires idiosyncratic solutions that can’t be successfully designed or administered by outsiders. Instead, locally grown solutions aimed at transforming the institutional environment in favor of market growth, primarily through securing economic rights for the poor, represent the best chance for accelerating the pace of poverty alleviation throughout the world. For outsiders, this represents a serious dilemma. Is there a way to help without interfering? A new strategy offered by Atlas Network successfully combines the resources of philanthropy with the locally grown research and advocacy agenda of independent, market-oriented think tanks working to strengthen the institutions that foster growth for the world’s poor. Benchmarking their efforts to global indices like the “Doing Business” report published by the World Bank, those think tanks are making measurable progress. The results are significant. According to new research commissioned by Atlas Network, a five-unit increase on the “Doing Business” scale represents a 1-percentage point reduction in poverty.

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