About The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a public interest group dedicated to free enterprise and limited government. We believe that the best solutions come from people making their own choices in a free marketplace, rather than government intervention. Since it was founded by Fred L. Smith, Jr. in 1984, CEI has grown to a team of over 40 policy experts and staff.
CEI has become a widely recognized voice on a broad range of national issues – from the environment and technology to finance and public health. If the government has written rules to regulate it, we have an opinion how it could be done better.
Our staff of public policy experts frequently produces groundbreaking research,