Entrepreneurship and economic freedom have complex and interrelated roles in economic recovery, and too little of those components has led to a particularly sluggish recovery for the U.S. economy after the 2008 fiscal crisis. The Fraser Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Canada, connects the dots between these concepts in its book What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity, which has been named winner of Atlas Network’s 2015 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award.
Edited by George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux, the book contains five essays by U.S. economists, Liya Palagashvili of New York University and George Mason University; Russell Sobel of The Citidel; Robert Lawson of Southern Methodist University; Roger Meiners of the University of Texas at Arlington (with Andrew P. Morriss); and Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr., of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Established in 1990, the Fisher International Memorial Award recognizes the organization that published a book, magazine, report, monograph, or study that, in the opinion of a panel of external judges, has had demonstrable impact and made the greatest contribution to public understanding of the free society. The award commemorates Fisher’s ideals and achievements. In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winning organization will be recognized at this year’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, Nov 11–12, in New York City.
Previous winners of the award include the Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom) for its book Foundations of a Free Society (2014), authored by Eamonn Butler with a forward by Ali Salman; Ronald Coase Institute (United States) for its book How China Became Capitalist (2013), authored by the late Nobel laureate Ronald Coase and Ning Wang; the Centre for Development and Enterprise (South Africa) for its book The Case for Business in Developing Economies (2010), authored by Ann Bernstein; and the Cato Institute (United States) for its book The Beautiful Tree (2009), authored by James Tooley.
This year’s award was judged by The Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO, vice president for outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; David Hart, director of Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Liberty Project; and J.R Clark, secretary/treasurer of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. This is the 26th edition of the Fisher International Memorial Award.