About Us

The Platte Institute for Economic Research is a research and educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Nebraska by advancing sensible, well-researched solutions to state and local economic policy issues.


The Platte Institute's scholars study public policy problems and propose solutions that increase economic opportunity for all Nebraskans. We then promote these solutions by publishing studies, briefing papers and other educational materials which help policymakers, the media, and the general public gain a better understanding of the issues.


The Platte Institute is founded on the belief that the freedom and quality of life that Nebraskans deserve is best achieved by promoting free-enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility. Our scholars move beyond the mindset that every problem has a government solution. Instead, we propose policy alternatives that respect the rights of the individual and encourage hard work and perseverance.


Who Funds the Platte Institute?


The Platte Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization; our organization is privately funded through contributions made by individuals, businesses, and private foundations. All donations to the Platte Institute are tax deductible. To preserve our independence, the Platte Institute does not accept any state or federal funding, nor do we perform contract research.


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