Fraser Institute wins prestigious international award

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The Fraser Institute has been awarded the 2015 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award by the Atlas Network for our book, What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity.

Established in 1990, the 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 book, available as a free PDF on our website, was a joint endeavor between the Fraser Institute and the Mercatus Center in Virginia, and was edited by Donald J. Boudreaux, economics professor at George Mason University.

The book, composed of a series of essays, examines the role entrepreneurs and small businesses play in growing an economy, and how high levels of economic freedom increase both the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship. It also investigates the decline of economic freedom in the U.S. since 2000 and how this decline explains America’s sluggish economic recovery.

The contributors to the book are some of the finest economic minds including economists Robert Lawson, Roger Meiners, Andrew P. Morriss, Russell Sobel, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., and Liya Palagashvil. We are delighted that they have been recognized in this fashion. Fraser Institute executive vice-president Jason Clemens deserves enormous accolades for developing the concept of the book and steering the project to completion.

In addition to the Antony Fisher award, this year the Fraser Institute ranked number one in Canada and 19th in the world (among 6,600 think tanks) in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Go-To Think Tank rankings.