Immigration and Crime – What the Research Says

In his joint address to Congress on Tuesday, President Trump again called attention to “immigrant crime,” and announced the creation the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement office, or VOICE, which would “work with victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.”  However, as Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh has noted, both Census-data driven studies and macro-level studies find that immigrants are less crime-prone than natives.

Deep Racial Divide in Perceptions of Police and Reported Experiences, No Group Is Anti-Cop

At first glance Americans appear satisfied with their local law enforcement. However, below the surface reside many stark differences in attitudes toward the police across race/ethnicity, age, education, income, and ideological lines. In a new extensive national public opinion survey, Cato scholar Emily Ekins finds deep partisan and racial divides in perceptions of police efficacy, impartiality, integrity, empathy, tactics, and accountability.

New Cato Handbook for Policymakers for 2017

Fidelity to our founding principles of respect for civil liberties and limited government may be easy when times are easy. The true test of our faith in those principles comes when we are beset by assaults from without and economic turmoil within, when public anxiety may temporarily make it seem expedient to put those principles aside. In the new Cato Handbook for Policymakers, Cato Institute scholars outline practical steps Congress and the administration could take — reforms of health care, financial regulation, taxes, surveillance, marijuana policy, civil asset forfeiture, war powers, immigration, transportation, trade policy, and more — to expand freedom and limit government.

Not Just Treading Water: In Higher Education, Tuition Often Does More than Replace Lost Appropriations

No one disputes that the sticker price of college—what schools charge, not necessarily what students end up paying—has for decades been rising at a very fast clip. What analysts disagree about is why. In a new paper, Cato scholar Neal McCluskey argues that a popular “culprit”—the decline in direct public support for colleges and universities—is problematic, and likely distorted by the availability of federal student aid.

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New Audiobook – The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose, then the paper’s culture editor and principally responsible for publishing the cartoons, writes about the people and experiences that have influenced his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic. Now available as a fully unabridged audiobook on

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Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

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The Libertarian Mind Audiobook

The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz, longtime executive vice president of the Cato Institute, is the best available guide to the history, ideas, and growth of libertarianism, and is the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement. This acclaimed book is now available as a fully unabridged audiobook, ready for immediate downloading, on

CatoAudio – Now Available on the Cato Website

Every month CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of policy debates in Washington. Through highlights from the Cato Institute’s events and conferences, you can listen to in-depth discussions from well-known leaders, authors, experts, pundits, journalists, and scholars. Previously only available as a paid subscription service delivered by mail, CatoAudio is now available free of charge on the Cato website – which includes over five years of archived recordings.