Cato Institute

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The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank based in Washington DC. It presents itself as a "public policy research organisation dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited govt, free markets, and peace". Its analysts conduct research on a wide range of policy issues.
Cato was founded in 1974 by Koch Industries' chairman Charles KochWikipedia-W.svg, Ed CraneWikipedia-W.svg and Murray RothbardWikipedia-W.svg


Cato receives ~80% of its funding through tax-deductible contributions from individuals, many of whom respond to direct mail solicitations and program updates. The remainder of its support comes from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.

Cato has received $millions from the Koch Network, the Mercer Family FoundationWikipedia-W.svg, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and other foundations that oppose environmental regulations.[1]

Center for the Study of Science

The Center for the Study of Science was founded in 2012 "to provide market-based ideas that could transition policy regarding energy consumption, environmental standards and other science-related issues away from govt planners".[2] See also Patrick MichaelsWikipedia-W.svg.
  • May.29.2019: Cato closes its climate shop; Pat Michaels is out. Patrick J Michaels,[3] a climate scientist who rejects mainstream researchers' concerns about rising temperatures, left Cato earlier this year. A spokeswoman said deactivation of the Center for the Study of Science does not represent a shift in the institute's position on human-caused climate change. Michaels has spent years attacking efforts to address climate change. He was influential in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and he helped turn the GOP away from climate policy at a time when conservatives were embracing it. Cato also is no longer affiliated with Richard Lindzen, an emeritus professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has long been critical of established climate science. Lindzen was a distinguished fellow at the think tank. It's unclear when he left Cato. Scott Waldman, E&E News.

Human Progress is a data clearinghouse on the statistical trends of all things relating to human welfare. It is a Cato Institute project, with major support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Brinson Foundation.[4]

Its aim is to "correct misperceptions regarding the state of humanity through the presentation of empirical data that focuses on long-term developments". All of the data comes from 3rd parties,[5] including the World Bank, the OECD, Eurostat, and the United Nations.[1]



  1. ^ (Julian Simon Lives! at the Cato Institute). Kudos to Cato for their new website portal,, which brings into one place the statistics of human welfare with reference to the socio-economic conditions responsible for it. Robert Bradley Jr, MasterResource, Sept.05.2014. See Robert Bradley Jr.