Explore

Economy & Jobs: An economy based on mutually beneficial exchange is the cornerstone of our modern world. Creating an environment in which individuals are able to use their talents, interests, and skills to create value for others is essential to ensuring a truly inclusive economy that recognizes the full dignity and worth of the human person. Catalyst explores how these ideas function in our current culture and highlights ideas to improve the status quo.
Education: Without question, learning about the world and developing one's potential is the key to success in our modern world. But the current cookie-cutter approach to education ignores the different strengths, needs, and goals of today's students. Only by challenging the status quo and rethinking the rigidity of traditional educational pathways will today's students have the opportunity to achieve their true potential. By focusing on the needs and capabilities of individuals, Catalyst explores how education is being adapted to fit our modern age.
Healthcare: Overpriced and underperforming, it's no secret that America's healthcare system is in desperate need of an overhaul. However, new advances in medical and information technology are revolutionizing the way consumers search for and receive healthcare. Rather than continuing to rely on mandates and restrictions, introducing choice and flexibility will ensure that the needs of individuals are met. Catalyst explores these transformational developments and outlines ways in which to best serve individuals and families by restoring their decision-making power and increasing their options.
Housing: Moving to take advantage of new and better opportunities has always been part of the American pioneer spirit. Today, however, far too many people find themselves stuck in place and less able to fully pursue their aspirations. Even as technology makes the production of new homes cheaper and faster, public policy choices have made housing ever more expensive and unavailable. Catalyst explores how policies can be changed and technology leveraged to ensure that housing is affordable and responsive to the needs of the next generation of Americans seeking opportunity.
Privacy: The right to privacy is an essential component of liberty whose legal tradition can be traced back centuries. In today's digital and interconnected world, the platforms and context in which we exercise our right to privacy has certainly changed, but its significance has not. Catalyst highlights threats to the privacy of individuals and offers creative solutions to ensure that no person is forced to have private information made public.
Articles
Are Universities Ruining Students?
These Authors Say ‘Yes’

One of the more interesting books I read in 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

Art Carden | January 11, 2019
Articles
Revive For-Profit Higher Education
Competition Boosts Choices and Opportunities

American higher education benefits from competition and diversity of its schools.

Richard Vedder | December 21, 2018
Quizzes
Educational Spending
Spend More or Spend Wiser?

Does more spending always lead to better results? Take our quiz to discover what types of educational investments lead to greater human capital.

December 11, 2018
Polls
Signaling vs. Genuine Education

In his recent book, The Case Against Education, George Mason University Professor of Economics Bryan Caplan asks readers a hypothetical question to illustrate the value of signaling vs. genuine education in the context of a 4-year university.

December 8, 2018
Articles
Improving Education
Spending Better vs. Spending More

The U.S. must stop pouring more tax dollars into a failing education system.

Kristiana Bolzman | November 16, 2018
Articles
A Better Post-Election World?
Here Are Three Ideas For Improvement

Attempts to cross the political divide can have inspiring results.

Art Carden | November 13, 2018
Articles
Welcome to Catalyst!

The internet can be a noisy place. Sometimes just logging into social media feels like stepping onto a battlefield, except nobody knows who’s on which team and what the teams even mean anymore.

Articles
Increase Opportunities with Education Savings Accounts
Education Savings Accounts Provide Flexibility for Parents.

Many parents lament the quality of public schools in their area, but feel their children are trapped in those districts. For the 2015–2016 school year, America as a whole boasted a graduation rate of 84 percent, the highest in recent years.

Ben Wilterdink | September 24, 2018
Articles
Developing Countries Lead in Education Innovation
Old-line government schools are failing many children, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

Even though government schools have serious flaws, many parents are reluctant to gamble on new learning models. On the other hand, American parents can overcome the obstacles to innovation.

Lawrence McQuillan | September 24, 2018