These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The American Institute for Economic Research Right-Center biased based on Libertarian-leaning economic policy and Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of misinformation as it relates to Coronavirus.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1933, The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts with a stated mission of “educating Americans on the value of personal freedom, free enterprise, property rights, limited government, and sound money.” They further state “AIER’s ongoing scientific research demonstrates the importance of these principles in advancing peace, prosperity and human progress.” The current President is Edward Stringham.
Funded by / Ownership
The American Institute for Economic Research is an independent 501(c)(3) economic research institute. They derive funds through donations. AIER discloses its financial information on the website. According to Charity Navigator, AIER scores 2 out of 4 stars due to most money going toward program expenses.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The American Institute for Economic Research is the home of the Bastiat Society, which is a global network of business professionals committed to advancing free trade, individual freedom, and responsible governance. While AIER does not openly state its support for Austrian Economic Theory (limited government interference), there are many articles that endorse it. Headlines do not use loaded language and articles are properly sourced such as this Consumer Sentiment and Job Openings Show Improvement. This article is appropriately sourced from Thomson Reuters. AIER reports negatively on progressive economic policy as well as President Trump’s policy.
When it comes to scientific issues, AIER does not deny the human impact on climate change and supports the consensus of science, however, they do not support a government solution approach: How a Strong Private Sector Will Address Climate Change. However, during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020, they have published claims that are in dispute. In general, AIER endorses a Libertarian point of view.
Failed Fact Checks
- Asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 never occurs – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate The American Institute for Economic Research Right-Center biased based on Libertarian-leaning economic policy and Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of misinformation as it relates to Coronavirus. (D. Van Zandt 3/16/2019) Updated (01/05/2021)