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 that constrain their potential.

Our Latest Research

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.

Commentary

Read our latest commentary on human flourishing and social mobility.

Prioritize licensing reform for health and economic recovery

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life and inflicted enormous human and economic costs. However, amid this unprecedented challenge, there have been a few bright spots worth highlighting, from neighbors volunteering to help one another to local organizations stepping up to meet the needs of their community.

3 ways to make the ‘new normal’ a better one

During our public health crisis, Americans have heard again and again that things will never go back to normal.

Op-Ed: Entrepreneurship During a Pandemic

For centuries, a sense of purpose has guided entrepreneurs as one of the main motivators in business.

Remove barriers to the labor market’s rebound

Before a global pandemic captured the nation’s attention, the issue of social mobility was front and center. Upon conceding to Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed his efforts to reduce income inequality were winning the “ideological debate.”

American Originals

American Originals traces the stories of those who charted their own paths, overcame barriers and achieved a better life for themselves and those around them by embracing personal responsibility, hard work, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Milton Hershey: Chocolate King, Confectioner, and Creator

Born in rural Pennsylvania in 1857, Milton Hershey attended seven different schools and never made it past the fourth grade. At fifteen, he found his passion in...

Workingman’s Friend, Industry Disruptor: The Walter Chrysler Story

The year 1921 was one of the worst years in the history of the American automobile business. Many companies folded in a brief but severe post-war recession...

Overcoming Barriers through Purpose and Entrepreneurship: Lessons from 21 Amazing American Originals

Over the last two-and-one-half years, we at the Archbridge Institute, in conjunction with the American Business History Center, have written and published twenty-one biographical articles on “American Originals.” These...

The Ultimate Rags to Riches Story: Mary Pickford

On February 11, 1898, John Charles Smith of Toronto hit his head and died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The Irishman left behind his wife, Charlotte; five-year-old daughter, Gladys; another...

Proud Father of the Modern Airline System: CR Smith and American Airlines

Few industries have had a greater impact on the world than our airline system. This global network was built over a period of forty years by a handful of...