Research at the Snider Center
Understanding the “why” and “how” of enterprise and markets.
The center’s research seeks to answer questions such as why businesses are successful, why one economy struggles as another thrives, and why we need to be good corporate citizens. The center strives to understand and explain how enterprise and markets create value, thereby enabling upward mobility, progress and broadly shared prosperity.
By drawing on academic excellence across the University of Maryland and around the world, the center conducts interdisciplinary research to drive enterprise and innovation. The center works with faculty and students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland College Park Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland College Park Department of History, and other schools and departments within the University of Maryland, and in partnership with a team of affiliated researchers.
Our cutting-edge research spans three key areas:
- Human Enterprise – Innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership
- Market-Supporting Institutions – Regulation, formal and informal institutions enabling/preventing the functioning of free markets and competition
- Evolution of Capitalism – Industry evolution, technological progress, innovation and education