Our research focuses on uncovering the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being. We seek to advance knowledge of the sources and causes of human well-being and the distinctive roles of entrepreneurship, free markets, philanthropy, private enterprise and public policy in achieving it.
We conduct both academic and public policy research. Academic research may be published in peer-reviewed journals or as working papers. Policy papers analyze the findings of the current economic literature, as well as our own research, to illuminate a specific policy area and are published by PCPE.
"Members of the faculty have full freedom to pursue their research and/or creative activities and to publish their results, free from ridicule, recrimination, or reprisal... They are free to involve interested students and other professionals in their University research and to pursue extramural funding to support it." - SBHE Policy 401.1
In this report, we examine the history of North Dakota’s state finances and explore the policies that led to the current environment. We identify policy reforms to address state fiscal challenges and put North Dakota on a pathway to prosperity.