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.


Read our latest commentary on human flourishing and social mobility.

New California licensing reform should go further for workers

This article was originally published in the Orange County Register California’s new licensing reform law is a step in the right direction, but state lawmakers should make it easier for...

This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for human progress

This article was originally published in When Americans are asked what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, family is the most common response. They also tend to be grateful for their...

Most Americans believe they can live meaningful lives

This article was originally published in the Washington Examiner Meaning in life is central to individual and societal flourishing. People must believe that they have the power to live meaningful...

Unnecessary licensing laws contribute to Iowa’s worker shortages

This article was originally published in the Gazette Professional regulations, like occupational licensing, often discourage work by making it harder to enter professions. As the economy recovers from the pandemic, businesses...

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.


The Greatest Businessman in American History: Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.

Many management scholars consider Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. as the greatest business leader in American history.  If we exclude company founders, Sloan has few peers among those who led...

Ahmet Ertegun: America’s Greatest Music Man

Ahmet Ertegun did as much as anyone to shape the popular music that serves as the soundtrack for our daily lives. As the founder and leader of Atlantic Records...

From Hero to Hated: America’s Most Tragic Entrepreneur

Few business leaders or entrepreneurs in American history have done more to enable progress and prosperity than Samuel Insull, a name little known today. Yet eighty years ago, he...

Walt Disney: Entrepreneur without Peer

Who was Walt Disney? What was truly different about this man, whose name is likely to remain famous for generations to come? How did he evolve? What were his priorities and thought processes?

Milton Hershey: Chocolate King, Confectioner, and Creator

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