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LEVERAGING MARKETS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS TO IMPROVE CONSERVATION | TFA FINALIST—PERC, BRIAN YABLONSKI

October 20, 2020

Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), “The home of free market environmentalism”, is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. PERC, a trailblazer of innovative policy solutions to the Endangered Species Act, focused on advocating for positive, market based, incentives that reward U.S. Citizens for participating in private conservation. Brian Yablonski tells of PERC’s groundbreaking findings that drastically changes the way citizens and politicians view environmentalism.

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HOW TO GUIDE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE PATH TOWARDS INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

October 15, 2020

In 2019 Connor Boyack, president and CEO of the Libertas Institute, was awarded the Think Tank Shark Tank award for his cutting-edge Free Market Rules Curriculum. The curriculum builds on the widely popular Tuttle Twins books by offering weekly lesson plans for parents to spark meaningful conversations about integral free market ideals with their children.

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND ACTIVISM: APPLAUSE FOR UKRAINIAN STUDENTS FOR FREEDOM

October 14, 2020

Motivating younger generations to engage with the ideas of the liberty movement is crucial for the promotion of a free, prosperous world. With this objective in mind, Ukrainian Students for Freedom (USF) has provided lectures and discussions—Liberty Classes—in various Ukrainian cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Sumy, Chernivtsy, and Mariupo. These classes have attracted more than 400 attendees. And, by partnering with the Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC) and the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF), USF was able to bring in experts in politics, economics, and law to introduce the public to new ideas and approaches to solving existing social challenges.

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SWEDEN’S PLATFORM ECONOMY: INCREASING INDIVIDUAL CHOICE ACROSS THE LABOR MARKET

October 13, 2020

The platform economy in Sweden is a virtual labor market that connects various firms to provide services and goods. “In its broadest sense, it can be defined as economic activity facilitated by technology”, said the founder and CEO of Free Trade Europa Glen Hodgson. Thus, the platform economy in Sweden allows for a widespread influx of individual choice and control in the market. However, many citizens of Sweden are unaware of the degree to which it increases economic freedom.

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THE DANGERS OF PROTECTIONIST POLICIES IN INDONESIA | TFA FINALIST—CIPS, RAINER HEUFERS

October 13, 2020

Severe import restrictions have drastically increased the price of staple food in Indonesia. As a result, a quarter of all children under five are malnourished. Rainer Heufers, the co-founder and executive director for the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), discusses the negative, unintended consequences that abed protectionist policies such as the quantitative import restrictions in Indonesia and how CIPS is working to change public opinion and make the Indonesian government more accountable for the food crisis. CIPS Affordable Food for the Poor program is being recognized for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award.

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EASING ENTRY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN INDONESIA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

October 12, 2020 | by Felippa Amanta

Lanny runs a small restaurant selling nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) with her family for the past 20 years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the restaurant can no longer operate and Lanny must switch to cooking her nasi goreng from home and selling it online through food delivery apps. Lanny is one of 33 million women entrepreneurs who own micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). These women entrepreneurs are slowly but increasingly tapping into the digital economy for greater market access as well as reduced barriers to entry. The digitalization has accelerated during the pandemic out of the necessity to survive. However, this thriving online entrepreneurship landscape is now at risk due to recent government regulations on businesses in e-commerce.

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ISRAEL'S BUTTER TARIFFS REPEALED AFTER COVID-INDUCED SHORTAGES

October 7, 2020

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has rattled the world economy. Millions have gone back into poverty as the virus, and the lockdowns that go with it, have ripped through every corner of the world. In Israel, strict import restrictions on food have added to the chaos, causing shortages of staple and necessary food items.

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215. THE EQUITY INITIATIVE FOR AMERICAN HEALTHCARE|TFA FINALIST—MERCATUS CENTER, THOMAS STRATMANN

October 7, 2020

State governments are aggressively reducing the ability of healthcare providers to freely provide their services in the marketplace in 36 states in the United States of America. Thomas Stratmann from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University spearheaded the Equity Initiative for American Healthcare, which exposed government imposed certificate of need laws as harmful to both healthcare providers and patients. Since 2014, the Mercatus Center has developed nine academic papers and dozens of short papers explaining how certificate of need (CON) laws, in the name of increasing access, improving quality, and reducing healthcare costs, consequently create situations where patients do not have access to services. The Mercatus Center is recognized as the 2020 Atlas Network Liberty Award winner and is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award.

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