Advancing knowledge of the sources and causes of human well-being.


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

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Our researchers' area of expertise.

Jeremy Jackson, Ph.D.
Director / Associate Professor of Economics
  • Fiscal policy
  • Public choice
  • Political economics
  • Economic freedom
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Philanthropy and nonprofits
Raymond March, Ph.D.
Fellow / Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Health care economics
  • Regulations
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Pharmaceutical markets
  • Drug pricing
  • Rural health and telemedicine
James Caton, Ph.D.
Fellow / Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Monetary economics
  • Computational economics
  • Institutions
Veeshan Rayamajhee, Ph.D.
Fellow / Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Natural disasters
  • Climate change
  • Natural resources
  • Food security
  • Development
  • Collective action
  • Social capital
Ryan Yonk, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Director / Lecturer
  • Rural policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Energy policy
  • Public lands policy
  • Well-being



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