Bruno Leoni Institute
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|Motto||"Ideas for the free market"|
|Purpose||Ordoliberalism, Austrian School, Classical Liberalism|
Piazza Cavour 3, TurinPiazza Castello 23, Milan
|Carlo Lottieri, Nicola Rossi, Antonio Martino, Sergio Ricossa|
|Affiliations||Cooler Heads Coalition, Atlas Network, EPICENTER|
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IBL was founded in 2003 by three Italian libertarian scolars: Carlo Lottieri, Alberto Mingardi and Carlo Stagnaro. Based in Turin and Milan, it organizes conferences and seminars in many Italian cities, publishes books, briefing and academic papers and assists students at undergraduate and graduate levels with their research work.
IBL states that its aim is to:
"contribute to the Italian political discourse, to enable a proper appreciation of the role of liberty and private enterprise as pillars of a more prosperous and open society. It is structured on the model of the think tanks in the English-speaking world: non-profit research centers, with no political affiliations, aiming to offer a fruitful contribution to the political debate".
The policy ideas promoted by IBL aim to "create a greater 'breathing space' for civil society and empower individuals, giving more resources back to businesses, and freeing competition and exchanges, to the benefit of the general welfare and increasing the wealth of society and its members". IBL defines its philosophy, stating that it:
…is given different names, such as “liberal”, “libertarian”, or “market-oriented”. The inspiration of the institute comes from Bruno Leoni, a great philosopher of law whose works and thought IBL spreads throughout Italy and abroad. IBL has dedicated the site “Rediscovering Bruno Leoni” to the figure of Bruno Leoni. In the world of real politics, we fight for solutions which offer breathing space to civil society, and which give resources back to the economy, while liberalizing competition and trade to the end of greater wellbeing and wealth for all.
Annual Index of Liberalizations
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IBL publishes an annual index of what it considers the most remarkable liberalizations that have occurred through the EU member states during the previous year, ranking countries on the degree of their market openness, and offering an analysis of 10 sectors of the EU economy. The annual index is cited by the media and academicians, as a source of information for policymaking and research.
Bruno Leoni Lecture
IBL organizes since 2008 a yearly “Discorso Bruno Leoni” (Bruno Leoni Lecture). The Discorso is among the flagship events of Istituto Bruno Leoni, as it strives to bring the Italian public up to date to the most relevant international debates. The Discorso Bruno Leoni is structured as an in-depth lecture by a distinguished scholar or author, in which a seminal optic is investigated from a free-market, individual liberty perspective.
Over time speakers have included:
- 2008: Vernon L. Smith (Nobel laureate in Economics, 2002)
- 2009: Vaclav Klaus (Former President of the Czech Republic)
- 2009: Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Author of “The Black Swan”)
- 2010: Dambisa Moyo (Author of “Dead Aid”)
- 2011: John P. Taylor (Stanford University)
- 2012: Tyler Cowen (George Mason University)
- 2013: Antonin Scalia (Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
- 2014: Yang Jisheng (Journalist, Author of “Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962”)
- 2015: Jean Baechler (Emeritus Professor at University Paris-Sorbonne, author of “Origins of Capitalism”)
- 2016: Frank Easterbrook (Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
Bruno Leoni Award
Since 2008, every year the Bruno Leoni Institute attributes a "Bruno Leoni Award" dedicated to the thinker whose teachings the Institute refers to, and awarded to distinguished personalities. The award is intended to eminent figures who, through a recently published book, or with the work of a lifetime, have helped to advance the ideas of individual freedom, free market and free competition.
Through time, it has been awarded to:
- 2008: Vernon L. Smith, Franco Debenedetti and Roberto Perotti
- 2009: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antonio Martino and Angelo Panebianco
- 2010: Boyden Gray, Alessandro Ortis, Carlo Scarpa, Paolo Bianchi, Bernardo Bortolotti and Laura Pellizzola
- 2011: Giuseppe Arena, Alessandro Penati, Lorenzo Pinna, Aldo Canovari and the Italian publishing house Liberilibri
- 2012: Piero Ostellino and the General Confederation of Italian Industry - Emilia Romagna section
- 2013: Nigel Lawson, Vincino and Giovanni Orsina
- 2014: Mario Vargas Llosa
- 2015: Richard Pipes
- 2016: Deirdre N. McCloskey
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- Jean Baechler - Le origini del capitalismo
- David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, Alexander Tabarrok - La città volontaria
- Ronald Coase - Sull'economia e gli economisti
- Ronald Coase - Come la Cina è diventata capitalista
- Benjamin Constant - Conquista e usurpazione
- Luigi Einaudi - In lode del profitto
- Milton Friedman - Capitalismo e libertà
- Milton Friedman - Liberi di scegliere
- Joshua Hall - Homer Economicus
- Friedrich A. Von Hayek - Contro Keynes
- Henry Hazlitt - L'economia in una lezione
- Nicola Iannello (ed.) - La società senza Stato. I fondatori del pensiero libertario
- Bruno Leoni - La libertà del lavoro. Scritti su concorrenza, sciopero e serrata
- Carlo Lottieri - Le ragioni del diritto. Libertà individuale e ordine giuridico nerl pensiero di Bruno Leoni
- Antonio Martino - Milton Friedman
- Deirdre N. McCloskey - I vizi degli economisti, le virtù della borghesia
- Alberto Mingardi (ed.) - Mito e realtà dei monopoli
- Alberto Mingardi, Paolo Zanetto - Colpirne uno per educarne cento. Il caso Microsoft e il futuro della concorrenza in Europa
- Kenneth Minogue - La mente servile
- Sergio Ricossa - La fine dell'economia
- Sergio Ricossa - Straborghese
- Matt Ridley - Le origini della virtù
- Nicola Rossi (ed.) - Sudditi. Un programma per i prossimi 50 anni
- Vernon L. Smith - La razionalità nell'economia
- Eugenio Somaini (ed.) - I beni comuni oltre i luoghi comuni
- Carlo Stagnaro, Margo Thorning - Più energia per tutti
- Gordon Tullock - Le motivazioni del voto
- "Istituto Bruno Leoni: la nostra storia".
- "About - EPICENTER".
- In 2015, the sectors analyzed were: Fuel, Gas and Electricity, Labour, Postal Services, Telecommunications, Television, Air Transport, Railways, and Insurance.
- "L'Italia delle liberalizzazioni mancate".
- "Mercato, l'Italia si apre (poco) E anche la Spagna ci sorpassa". line feed character in
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- "Is the European Union a Friend or Foe of Economic Freedom?". 20 January 2016.
- Stagnaro, Carlo (2010-07-28). "How to Fix Italy's Stagnant Economy". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
[Subtitle/teaser:] Rome's public enemy No. 1 is red tape.
- "Eventi: Premio Bruno Leoni".
- "Eventi: Discorso Bruno Leoni".