Cicero Institute

Enabling entrepreneurs to solve America’s toughest civic problems

“I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all but glory.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Principles & Commitments

The Cicero Institute harnesses public-sector entrepreneurship to address America’s toughest social challenges.

Too often, our dynamic innovation economy fails to address the most pressing needs of our society. Entrepreneurs have made progress in many industries, but poor incentives and dense meshes of rules and restrictions have kept innovators from contributing to areas where disruption is needed most: healthcare, education, regulation, transportation, housing, and prisons. The systems governing these sectors are increasingly rigged and extractive, rewarding well-connected incumbents instead of projects that serve the American people.

The Cicero Institute aims to reverse this trend by removing barriers for innovation and spurring entrepreneurs to contribute to the public good. We partner with modern-day Ciceros: public-spirited policymakers who courageously oppose cronyism and special interests for the sake of the common good. Together, we design bipartisan policy frameworks that foster entrepreneurial innovation towards cheap, high-quality healthcare, students prepared for the workforce, intelligent, adaptive regulation, swift transportation, affordable housing, and decarceration efforts that keep America safe.

Our conviction is that America’s best days are yet ahead of her. To expand opportunity and prosperity for our countrymen we must rely not on administrative edicts, but on America’s most precious and powerful resource: the human ingenuity and hard work of its citizens. Our mission is to help public servants work with entrepreneurs to make this vision a reality.


Upzoning San Francisco’s Commercial Corridors

San Francisco has the least affordable housing in the United States. The median home now costs over $1.6 million, more than seven times the national level, while the median monthly rent is over $3,700, more than double the national level. These high prices are due to restrictions on building, and especially to San Francisco’s draconian zoning codes, which force low-density development despite high demand.

Fix the International Price Index for Part B Drugs

American drug spending is out of control. At $330B a year, American expenditures on prescription drugs subsidize pharmaceutical R&D for the rest of the planet and allow foreign governments use price controls to keep drugs artificially cheap for their citizens.

For-Profit College Incomes Should Mirror Student Outcomes

America should harness entrepreneurial innovation in higher education by financially rewarding for-profit colleges only if they help students succeed in the American economy.

How to Save $900 Billion Annually in American Healthcare

A suite of reforms aimed at unseating corrupt players, increasing access to healthcare data, and aligning incentives towards quality care could save our country as much as $900 billion a year.

The Dialysis Industry is Failing America

America’s reactive model of kidney care enriches an oligopolistic dialysis industry, wastes billions of dollars a year, and creates worse health outcomes for millions of Americans each decade.

Align Incentives to Solve Recidivism

State governments should competitively reimburse private prisons that are most effective at reducing recidivism and helping prisoners reintegrate into normal American life. Only by rewiring incentives can we attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs to solving America's mass incarceration nightmare.

Fight Traffic With Congestion Pricing

America faces a mounting transportation crisis, and the primary culprit is road congestion. Traffic makes us unhealthy, wastes enormous amounts of time, and cripples national productivity. America needs expanded roads and transportation infrastructure, but traditional gas tax funding is no longer available.

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