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Explore the Manhattan Institute journey: over four decades and counting as a leading, national free-market think tank. 

Ideas matter—for real people and real places.

The Manhattan Institute (MI) exists to incubate good ideas. This can mean the discovery of new insights, as well as the recovery of truths that were once commonly understood. We provide a home for independent minds to address some of the biggest challenges facing America. While focused on many areas of public policy and culture, they share the same goal: a society where people have the opportunity to build better lives.

Since our founding, we have had the great privilege of taking on big problems, with no goal other than helping make our nation and its great cities better. Throughout our history, we have seen how changing minds, while not easy, can have the profoundest effects on public policy over the long-term.

Thanks to our many friends and supporters, we have been able to provide a home for truly exceptional minds. MI fellows’ research, books, journalism, and on-the-ground work upends conventional wisdom in many areas of domestic policy and brings forth ideas that have revitalized neighborhoods, spurred economic growth, and brought opportunity to the masses.

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