Pacific Research Institute

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The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI) is a California-based free-market think tank founded in 1979 to promote "the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility" through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government.[1] The Pacific Research Institute has been associated with other politically conservative think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, The Fraser Institute, and the Cato Institute.

Since 1996 they have published an annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, which tracks environmental trends worldwide.

Areas of work[edit]

The PRI think tank lists the following as their goals:

  • Education – to provide all students with access to a quality education
  • Business and Economics – to strike down barriers to economic growth and innovation
  • Health Care – to provide better quality and access to health-care while lowering costs
  • Technology – to identify and limit harmful government regulation in the technology sector
  • Environment – to sustain the trend toward a cleaner environment

Their listed accomplishments of 2009 include:

  • Reached an audience of more than 475 million through print and online outlets throughout the year
  • On average, more than 100 articles citing PRI’s research published each month, 1,254 in total
  • Articles placed in all of the top 10 daily newspapers in the nation and in all papers nationwide, including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.
  • Website page visits totaled over half a million, with 1.3 million pages viewed
  • Reached more than 40 million through radio and television nationwide

PRI and Healthcare[edit]

PRI head Sally C. Pipes, a Canadian-born naturalized United States citizen frequently speaks and writes against single-payer healthcare. Her bio lists as healthcare topics she had addressed "the false promise of a single-payer system as exists in Canada, pharmaceutical pricing, solving the problem of the uninsured, and strategies for consumer-driven health care".

She authored a 2004 book, Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer.[2]

PRI started Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.[when?]


The staff of the PRI includes:[3]

  • Chrissie Fong, Development Associate and Database Manager
  • Cindy Chin, Events Manager
  • Rowena Itchon, Vice President for Marketing
  • Lance Izumi, Koret Senior Fellow; Senior Director, Education Studies;
  • Sally C. Pipes, President and CEO

Former Staff[edit]

Former staff of the PRI includes :

  • Vicki (Murray) Alger, Former Assistant Director & Senior Policy Fellow, Education Studies
  • Julie Kaszton, Former Economics and Environment Research Associate
  • Kelly Gorton, Former Marketing Associate
  • K. Lloyd Billingsley, Former Editorial Director
  • John Campbell, Former Foundations and Major Gifts
  • Karen Chreston, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jason Clemens, Former Director of Research
  • John R. Graham, Former Director, Health Care Studies
  • Lawrence J. McQuillan, Former Director, Business and Economic Studies


  1. ^ Pacific Research Institute homepage.
  2. ^ Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer, Sally C. Pipes, 2004. (ISBN 0936488921)
  3. ^ Staff of the PRI

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