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Increasing opportunities for social mobility and human flourishing is the defining challenge of our time. Through rigorous academic research, sound public policy solutions, and reviving the spirit of entrepreneurship, the Archbridge Institute works to empower individuals to achieve better, richer, and fuller lives by identifying and removing the barriers
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The Archbridge Institute conducts multidisciplinary academic and policy research on artificial and natural barriers to social mobility and human flourishing, seeking to drive a consensus on these factors in the academic and policy community.

Licensing Reform in Alaska

Licensing Reform in Alaska

Click here to open the PDF in a new Tab. Why Does Occupational Licensing Matter in the Last Frontier? As far as official barometers of Alaska’s labor market go, the state is near the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2023 the...

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Social Mobility in the 50 States

Social Mobility in the 50 States

Click here to open the PDF in a new tab. Overview When people think of the American Dream, they consider the ability to better one’s life and achieve one’s goals. They are either directly or indirectly speaking about social mobility. In this index, we examine...

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American Originals

J.W. Marriott: From Herding Sheep to Hospitality Empire

J.W. Marriott: From Herding Sheep to Hospitality Empire

Growing up on a hardscrabble sheep and sugar beet farm in Utah, John Willard “Bill” Marriott sought opportunities beyond his humble Mormon beginnings. In 1927, the twenty-six-year-old Marriott opened an A&W root beer stand in Washington, DC, working around the...

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Magnanimous Merchant: Julius Rosenwald

Magnanimous Merchant: Julius Rosenwald

In this American Originals series, we’ve recounted the life stories of men and women who created great inventions and enterprises. None of them had more energy and drive than the shy Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish menswear merchant from Springfield, Illinois. A high...

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Happening Now

The American Dream is alive in North Dakota

The American Dream is alive in North Dakota

This was originally published in the Bizmark Tribune. The American Dream is alive and well in North Dakota. A recent study by the Archbridge Institute illuminates the state’s remarkable position as the seventh-best state in the nation for social mobility, a testament...

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The Last Latin American Revolution

The Last Latin American Revolution

This article was originally published in Discourse Magazine. Javier Milei’s early success in Argentina is a harbinger of what may soon be coming to the rest of Latin America. A version of this essay has been published in Spanish by Fundación para el...

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In Defense of Nostalgia

In Defense of Nostalgia

This article was originally published in Business Insider. Nostalgia has taken over our culture. The top-grossing movies of 2023 were "Barbie" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." "Hogwarts Legacy" and "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" were two of the most...

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