Cato Institute

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Cato Institute
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Founder(s) Edward H. Crane
Established 1977
Mission to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.[1]
President Edward H. Crane
Chairman Robert A. Levy
Executive Vice President David Boaz
Faculty 46
Staff 100
Slogan "Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace"
Location Washington, D.C.

1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization – a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. It has described itself as liberal (in the European or classical sense), and has argued that its beliefs are those of the American Revolution, Jeffersonian Democracy, and have more recently been called libertarianism and market liberalism.[2]

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato's Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power.[2]


  1. "Cato's Mission". Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
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