The Ethan Allen Institute educates about and promotes issues that affect each citizen’s ability to participate in a free market with constitutionally limited interference from government. Some specific areas of focus include:

  • Vermont’s economic future, particularly the vitality and diversity of its competitive free enterprise sector.
  • The fiscal practices and condition of state government – taxation, spending, and borrowing.
  • State and local regulatory practices, and their effect on the economy and the rights of the people.
  • The improvement of education for all Vermont children, and particularly the expansion of competition and choice for all.
  • The preservation of free, accountable, democratic government, where public decisions are made at the level as close as possible to the people themselves.
  • The strengthening of Vermont community and family life, and the protection of local government from burdensome and costly mandates.
  • Respect for Vermont’s constitution and opposition to judicial activism.



School Choice in Vermont: A 150-Year-Old History That Leads to a Brighter Future

Off The Rails-Changing Demographics, Changing Economics, Accumulating Obligations

Better Value, Fewer Taxpayer Dollars: Rebalancing Education Cost and Value 

Issue Briefs:

Gun Control in VT – Jan 2013

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax – February 2013




About Us

The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.

Latest News

Commentary: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice

by John McClaughry Vermonters are upset about rising  education property taxes. “Governance reform”  (consolidation) is not a solution. Competition and choice is. Vermonters moan about their steadily rising...

7-21-14 – Peter Shumlin’s Growing Economic Legacy

Posted by Chris Campion The Vermont Department of Labor periodically publishes short-term employment projections, to highlight where the employment growth sectors are likely to be in Vermont, and includes...

SPECIAL EVENT – Milton Friedman School Choice Celebration, July 31

The Ethan Allen Institute in partnership with Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire and the Friedman Foundation present A Celebration of Milton Friedman and School Choice Thursday, July 31,...

7-17-14 – Australia Dumps National Carbon Tax

Posted by Rob Roper While Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing a $1.3 trillion carbon tax for the United States, Australia is repealing its own national carbon tax,...

7-16-14 – Syria’s “International Brigades” Could Sow Domestic Terror

By John J. Metzler New York—A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria.  Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army...