The Center for Economic Accountability is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization. Our vision is of a future where free markets and the rule of law create economic opportunity for all, and in which American state and municipal governments efficiently provide essential public services while forswearing corporate welfare and central planning.

Founded in 2018, the CEA is headquartered in Michigan and works nationwide to advance economic opportunity for all by promoting transparency, accountability and reform of state and local economic development initiatives. Click here to learn more about what we do.

While we are a nonpartisan organization, the CEA does generally approach economic topics from a free-market, limited-government “classical liberal” perspective. However, we are dedicated to working with organizations and other stakeholders from across the sociopolitical spectrum and make every effort to find common ground in good faith with all potential allies in making state and local economies more free, fair and open to all.

If you have any questions about the CEA, please feel free to contact us.

Recognitions and Awards

The Center for Economic Accountability was selected as a “Best New Think Tank” in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index. This designation recognizes “think tanks that have been established in the past 24 months, and are centers of excellence.”

The CEA was selected as a “Smart Bet” for 2020 by Atlas Network as one of 10 organizations that were, in their words, “‘punching above their weight,’ and, with the right amount of investment and recognition, are likely to make important strides for the future of freedom in the United States.”

For more information about this recognition, click here.

The Center for Economic Accountability is grateful for the support of the following organizations:

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 The CEA shares the Atlas Network‘s vision of “a free, prosperous and peaceful world where the rule of law, private property and free markets are defended by governments whose powers are limited.”

Atlas Network grants and training programs have been critical in the CEA’s launch and early growth and the CEA is proud to be an Atlas Network partner organization.

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 DonorsTrust is “The Community Foundation for Liberty,” empowering philanthropic families and organizations who share their commitment to protecting America’s constitutional liberties and strengthening civil society through private institutions rather than with government programs.

Before receiving our 501(c)(3) status, the CEA operated under a fiscal sponsorship with DonorsTrust that allowed individuals and foundations to make charitable donations to support our work. Today, individuals who prefer the efficiency, privacy and protection of donor intent of donor-advised giving can support the CEA through DonorsTrust.

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