Open Republic Institute

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The Open Republic Institute

The Open Republic Institute is a member of the Economic Freedom Network (EFN), which is a network of institutions who collectively publish the Annual Economic Freedom of the World Report.The ORI is not a representative nor political body, it also does not possess any corporate body views of its own.The ORI does not receive any support from the state, it is a non-profit organisation which receives funds from private investors. The Academic Director of the ORI is a University College, Dublin, Economics lecturer Constantin Gurdgiev. Dr Constantin Gurdgiev is the editor of Business and Finance, Irelands largest business publication and also the founder of the Open Republic Institute. Another founder of the ORi is Paul MacDonnell.

Operation ORI

The purpose of the Open Republic Institute is 'to create awareness of the role played by markets and private institutions � for example, businesses, the Internet, charitable organisations, the family and religion � in meeting economic and social challenges' Open Republic Institute, [2] It is interested in all public policy areas where markets or institutions with voluntary membership can play a role."It is an educational organisation providing access for policy-makers and the general public to new non-government and non-vested interest centred policy thought and debate"[3].

The ORI's method is to:

Fund and publish policy analysis Host events (conferences, seminars and lectures) that will focus on public policy Facilitate discussion between policy analysts, Government, political parties, departmental policy-experts and NGOs Ensure media awareness of policy thinking that is free of public and private-sector vested-interests [4]

The ORI Family

Academic board

  • Dr. Stefan Auer Lecturer, University College Dublin, Dublin European Institute
  • Dr. Sean Barrett Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics
  • Dr. Graham Brownlow Lecturer, Dublin City University Business School
  • Prof. Kevin Dowd Professor of Financial Risk Management, Nottingham University Business School
  • Dr. Timothy Lynch Lecturer in U.S. Foreign Policy, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London
  • Mr. Myles O'Reilly Economic Consultant, Myles O'Reilly Associates
  • Prof. Brendan Walsh Head of Department, Economics, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Mark Wynne Assistant Vice President & Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Economic Freedom Network

Based in Ireland the Open Republic Institute works in accordance with many institutions worldwide through the Economic Freedom Network. The Economic Freedom Network, is made up of public policy institutes from around the world,dedicated to the study and advancement of economic freedom. The website for the Economic Freedom Network is

Economic Freedom Network Worldwide

Institutions involved in the Economic Freedom Network are:TIGRA of Austria;The Albanian Center for Economic Research;Center for New Europe, Belgium;Fundacion Libertad in Argentina;Liberalni Institut of the Czech Republic; the Center for Politiske Studier, Denmark;The Institute of Public Affairs in Australia; The Nassau Institute, Bahamas; The Estonian Institute for Open Society Research;Making Our Economy Right in Bangladesh;Association pour la Liberte Economique et le Progrès Social (ALEPS) in France; Scientific Research Mises Center of Belarus; Liberales Institutof Germany; Fundación Libertad, Democracia y Desarrollo in Bolivia; Szazadveg Policy Research Center in Hungary; Instituto Liberal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Centro Einaudi in Italy; Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria; Lithuanian Free Market Institute in Lithuania; Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo in Chile; Fundación DL in Columbia;Centrum im. Adama Smitha in Poland; The F.A. Hayek Foundation in Slovakia; Instituto para la Libertad y el Análisis de Políticas in Costa Rica; Timbro in Sweden; The Institute of Economics in Croatia; The Institute of Economic Affairs in the UK; Fundación Economía y Desarrollo, Inc. in the Dominican republic; Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economía Política in Ecuador; Society for Disseminating Economic Knowledge: New Economic School in Georgia; The Institute of Economic Affairs in Ghana; Centro de Investigaciones Económicas Nacionales in Guatemala; The Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research; The Institute of Economic Studies in Iceland; The Centre for Civil Society in India; The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies in Israel; The African Research Center for Public Policy and Market Process in kenya; Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo A.C. in Mexico; The Center for Free Enterprise in Korea; The New Zealand Business Roundtable; Institute of Public Policy Analysis in Nigeria; The Alternate Solutions Institute in Pakistan; The Center for Research and Communication in the Phillipines; The Romania Think Tank; Institute of Economic Analysis in Russia; Free Market Centre in Serbia;The Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa; The Pathfinder Foundation in Sri Lanka;Liberales Institutin Switzerland; Institute of Business in Trinidad and Tobago; The Association for Liberal Thinking; The Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research; Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge (CEDICE)in Venezuala;The Fraser Institute in Canada; and the Cato Institute in the USA.

Economic Freedom

"Economic freedom is the extent to which one can pursue economic activity without interference from government. Economic freedom is built upon personal choice, voluntary exchange, the right to keep what you earn, and the security of your property rights" The Fraser Institute[1]