Property & Environment Research Center
Bozeman, MT, United States
PERC - the Property and Environment Research Center - is USA's oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets. Founded 30 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, it began as a think tank where scholars documented how government regulation and bureaucracy have led to environmental degradation. At the same time, they sought to explain how markets could be harnessed to improve environmental quality. From this work originated the idea of "Free Market Environmentalism" (FME). To further the spread of FME from theory to action, PERC established a program to empower individuals by showing them how to use property, contracts and the market process to enhance environmental quality. PERC scholars provide the intellectual capital that fuels our approach to environmental problems and how to solve them. It is possible to avoid more regulation, government bureaucracy, and financial waste, and, instead, solve environmental problems in a cooperative and collegial manner. Markets and property rights can show us the way. PERC's goal is to reach the broadest possible audience, including government officials, environmentalists, opinion makers, policy experts, grassroots environmentalists, entrepreneurs, scholars, and students.
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Founder gender: Male
Current leader's (or leaders') gender: Male
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Data sources consulted: Think tank list,Organisation´s website