List of libertarian think tanks

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A think tank is an institute which conducts research in areas such as politics, economy, science and technology etc. This article lists think tanks which have libertarian views. The think tanks listed here may have a variety of views which include classical liberalism, minarchist libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism. For a list of think tanks and other organizations which promote Objectivism, see List of Objectivist organizations.

Name Headquarters Year of establishment Founder Website Periodicals Note
Think tanks based in Albania
Instituti Liberal Shqiptar (ILSH) (English: Albanian Liberal Institute) Tirana[1] 2003[1] Albanian Liberal Institute is a classical liberal organization. It is the only free market organization in Albania.[1]
Think tanks based in Australia
Australian Libertarian Society (ALS) Mooloolah[2] 2000[2] John Humphreys[2] ALS members have a variety of views which include minarchism, anarchism, objectivism and classical liberalism.[2]
Think tanks based in Austria
Friedrich August v. Hayek Institut (also described as Hayek Institute) Vienna[3] 1993[4]
Think tanks based in Bahamas
The Nassau Institute (NI) Nassau[5] 1995[6][7]
Think tanks based in Bangladesh
Making Our Economy Right (MOER) Dhaka[8] 1991[9] Nizam Ahmad[10] N/A MOER is the only free market think tank in Bangladesh.[9]
Think tanks based in Canada
Fraser Institute 1770 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 1974[11] Michael Walker[12] Magazines: Fraser Forum, Canadian Student Review, Perspectives[13] Though it is headquartered in Canada, it has office in the United States also.[14]
Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) Montreal, Quebec[15] 1999[16]
Think tanks based in the Czech Republic
Liberalni Institut (in Czech "Liberální institut") Prague[17] 1990[17] Liberální Institut­ Center for the development of individual freedom, private ownership, free market, and the rule of law.[17]
Think tanks based in France
Institute for Economic Studies (IES) Paris 1989[18] Institute for Economic Studies is a classical liberal think tank.[18]
Think tanks based in Italy
Istituto Bruno Leoni (IBL) (English: Bruno Leoni Institute) Turin 2003[19] Istituto Bruno Leoni is named after Italian classical liberal philosopher Bruno Leoni.[20]
Think tanks based in the Netherlands
Frédéric Bastiat Stichting (English: Frédéric Bastiat Foundation) Amsterdam[21] 2003[22] Frédéric Bastiat Stichting is named after French classical liberal theorist Frédéric Bastiat.[23]
Think tanks based in Pakistan
Alternate Solutions Institute (ASI) Lahore[24] 2003[25] Khalil Ahmad[26] Newsletter: Free Pakistan[27] Alternate Solutions Institute is the first free market think tank in Pakistan.[25]
Think tanks based in Poland
Centrum im. Adama Smith (English: Adam Smith Research Centre - ASRC) Warsaw[28] 1989[29] Centrum im. Adama Smith is a classical liberal organization. It is the first such think tanks in Poland and in Eastern Europe.[9]
Think tanks based in Slovenia
Svetilnik (English: Lighthouse) Ljubljana[30] 2008[31] Svetilnik is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political association enlighten Slovenia with ideas of freedom.
Think tanks based in Sweden
Timbro Stockholm[32] 1978[33] Timbro was founded by an association of Swedish companies and business organizations, The Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation.[34]
Think tanks based in Switzerland
Avenir Suisse According to the website of the instittue, "Avenir Suisse follows a liberal agenda and represents a market oriented position".[35] Avenir Suisse is a classical liberal institute.
Institut Constant de Rebecque Lausanne Institut Constant de Rebecque is a classical liberal think tank.
Liberales Institut Zurich Liberales Institut is a classical liberal think tank.
Mont Pelerin Society Mont Pelerin Society is a classical liberal think tank.
Think tanks based in the UK
Adam Smith Institute London Adam Smith Institute is a classical liberal organization.
Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) London Journals: Economic Affairs
Libertarian Alliance (LA) London There are two institutes in the UK with the same name Libertarian Alliance. The website of this think tank is and it has a president and a director.
Libertarian Alliance (LA) There are two institutes in the UK with the same name Libertarian Alliance. The website of this think tank is and it does not have any kind of official leader.
Think tanks based in the US
Cascade Policy Institute Portland, Oregon[36] 1991[37] Newsletter: Cascade Update Cascade Policy Institute focuses on state and local issues in Oregon.[37]
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.[38] 1977[39] Edward H. Crane[39] Magazines: Regulation, Journals: Cato Journal, Newsletter: Cato Policy Report, Other periodicals: Cato's Letter, Cato Supreme Court Review Cato Institute is the largest libertarian think tank in the world.[40]
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Washington, D.C.[41] 1984[42] Fred L. Smith, Jr.[42] Newsletters: C:\Spin, CEI Planet, CEI Weekly, Cooler Heads Digest, Daily Update, EnviroWire, The Financial Reporter, Legal Update.[43] Bureaucrash is an activist project of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.[44]
Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) Irvington-on-Hudson, New York[45] 1946[46] Leonard E. Read[46] Journal: The Freeman, Newsletters: Notes from FEE, Daily news digest: In brief. Foundation for Economic Education is the first libertarian think tank in the United States.[47]
Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Arlington County, Virginia[48] 1961[48] F. A. "Baldy" Harper[48] Institute for Humane Studies is located at George Mason University. Its main focus is to assist students to study libertarianism.[48]
Institute for Justice (IJ) Arlington, Virginia Newsletter: Liberty & Law, Other publications: HANews IJ is a libertarian public interest law firm and its area of activity is restricted to public-interest law.[49]
Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI) Auburn, Alabama[50] 1982[50] Llewellyn Harrison Rockwell, Jr.[50] Journals: The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Austrian Economics Newsletter, Libertarian Papers, Newsletters: The Free Market, The Mises Memo Ludwig von Mises Institute is an anarcho-capitalist-leaning organization.
Reason Foundation Los Angeles[51] 1978[52] Magazine: Reason
The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) Fairfax, Virginia[53] 1989[54] Richard M. Ebeling and Jacob G. Hornberger[54] Magazine: Freedom Daily
The Independent Institute Oakland, California[55] 1986[56] David J. Theroux[56] Journal: The Independent Review, Newsletters: The Lighthouse, The Independent


  1. ^ a b c Rreth nesh Instituti Liberal Shqiptar
  2. ^ a b c d Australian Libertarian Society
  3. ^ Legal Notice Friedrich August v. Hayek Institut
  4. ^ Mission Statement Friedrich August v. Hayek Institut
  5. ^ Contact Us The Nassau Institute
  6. ^ About The Nassau Institute The Nassau Institute
  7. ^ The Nassau Institute NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks
  8. ^ New Translations Highlights, Winter 2000, pp 2, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  9. ^ a b c Member Institutes Economic Freedom Network
  10. ^ Teaching Free Markets in Bangladesh Highlights, Spring 2001, pp1, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  11. ^ Who We Are: History Fraser Institute
  12. ^ 35 YEARS OF IDEAS AND IMPACT Fraser Forum
  13. ^ Magazines Fraser Institute
  14. ^ Who We Are Fraser Institute
  15. ^ Contact Us: Postal Address Montreal Economic Institute
  16. ^ Who Are We? Montreal Economic Institute
  17. ^ a b c About Liberální Institut­
  18. ^ a b Mission Institute for Economic Studies
  19. ^ Who we are and what we want Istituto Bruno Leoni
  20. ^ Bruno Leoni Istituto Bruno Leoni
  21. ^ Donaties Frédéric Bastiat Stichting
  22. ^ Welkom op de website van de Frédéric Bastiat Stichting Frédéric Bastiat Stichting
  23. ^ Waarom hebben we onze stichting naar Frédéric Bastiat vernoemd? Frédéric Bastiat Stichting
  24. ^ Contact Alternate Solutions Institute
  25. ^ a b About Alternate Solutions Institute Alternate Solutions Institute
  26. ^ Khalil Ahmad, American Contradiction The Korea Times
  27. ^ Newsletters Alternate Solutions Institute
  28. ^ Contact Centrum im. Adama Smith
  29. ^ About the Center Centrum im. Adama Smith
  30. ^ Contact Svetilnik
  31. ^ About Svetilnik Svetilnik
  32. ^ Contact Timbro
  33. ^ About Timbro Timbro
  34. ^ Learning from Timbro Highlights, Spring 2002, pp 6, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  35. ^ About us - Organisation and purpose Avenir Suisse
  36. ^ Contact Cascade Cascade Policy Institute
  37. ^ a b Overview Cascade Policy Institute
  38. ^ Cato Institute Homepage
  39. ^ a b About Cato Cato Institute
  40. ^ About the Author Cato Institute
  41. ^ Contact Us Competitive Enterprise Institute
  42. ^ a b About CEI Competitive Enterprise Institute
  43. ^ Newsletter Signup Competitive Enterprise Institute
  44. ^ Bureaucrash Launches "Crash Across America" Competitive Enterprise Institute
  45. ^ Donate By Mail Foundation for Economic Education
  46. ^ a b About Foundation for Economic Education
  47. ^ FEE president, Florida House Speaker headline RLC convention Republican Liberty Caucus
  48. ^ a b c d About IHS Institute for Humane Studies
  49. ^ Directory of libertarian Organizations Mondo Politico
  50. ^ a b c About Us Ludwig von Mises Institute
  51. ^ Where are Reason's headquarters? Reason Foundation
  52. ^ When was Reason created? Reason Foundation
  53. ^ Contact Us The Future of Freedom Foundation
  54. ^ a b The History of The Future of Freedom of Freedom Foundation The Future of Freedom Foundation
  55. ^ Contact Information The Independent Institute
  56. ^ a b David J. Theroux, Preface The Independent Review, Volume 1 Number 1, Summer 1996