Economic Understanding Meets Real-World Decision Making
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Charles Koch
Foundation grant recipient, is engaged in a five-year effort to study reconstruction in
Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the
initiative is to study factors that affect recovery after a disaster and to develop learnings
for the future. Through hundreds of interviews with residents from all walks of life,
researchers are developing a picture of how community leaders, entrepreneurs, elected
officials, and everyday citizens make decisions after disasters. Here a damaged
home is repaired in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
For more than 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Charles Koch Foundation grant recipient, has sought to bridge the gap that often exists between economic understanding and real-world decision-making. Mercatus applies scholarly research to problems facing policy makers. Bringing together a global network of scholars and experts, Mercatus provides policy makers with the economic tools to make sense of today's most pressing issues.
The Mercatus Center is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. For more information, visit www.mercatus.org.