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American Enterprise Institute
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Abbreviation AEI
Formation 1938; 83 years ago (1938)
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Location
President
Robert Doar
Revenue (2016)
$75,066,910
Expenses (2016) $55,822,303

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, also known as the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is a think tank in Washington, D.C. that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare. AEI is an independent nonprofit organization supported mostly by grants and donations from foundations, corporations, and people.

It was created in 1938. AEI's stated goal is "to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism—limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate". AEI mostly believes in conservatism and neoconservatism, although it is officially non-partisan.

AEI is governed by a Board of Trustees that has 28 members. It is made up of executives and former executives from various corporations. Approximately 185 authors are associated with AEI.

Coordinates: 38°54′19″N 77°02′19″W / 38.9053°N 77.0387°W / 38.9053; -77.0387

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