About Us

We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Oregon’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity. 

Common Sense Institute Oregon (CSI) is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Oregon’s economy. CSI Oregon is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Oregon and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Oregonians.

CSI Oregon’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Oregonians are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. CSI Oregon employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of these measures on the Oregon economy and individual opportunity.

CSI was founded in 2010 in Denver, Colorado. CSI’s founders, a concerned group of business and community leaders observed divisive partisanship was overwhelming policymaking and believed that sound economic analysis could help individuals make fact-based and common sense decisions.

CSI has spent the last decade at the intersection of state and national politics, and successfully provided facts to help make common sense decisions about policies that affect their everyday lives. Because of these successes, CSI is pleased to announce its expansion to Oregon in 2023. To learn more about CSI’s impact, visit: www.commonsenseinstituteus.org.

To help the future of CSI Oregon, please consider becoming a member or a donor! Visit: www.commonsenseinstituteor.org/donate-now

Guiding Principles:

    Common sense policies should govern market structures with minimal interference while promoting ideas to flourish through competition and protecting individual rights.
    Promote or create a foundation of thoughtful policies for Oregon’s economic vitality with a diversity of businesses to enhance the overall quality of life for all Oregonians.
    Enable opportunity for individuals and families to prosper, grow, and make Oregon home. We all should be afforded the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
    Provide research that is based on fact and connects us through a diverse and dynamic economy. Policy changes can often have broad and long-term ripple effects. We utilize dynamic economic models, and other tools, to simulate economic impact scenarios across Oregon’s economy.
    We believe it is critical to work across the aisles on positive solutions to address Oregon’s biggest challenges.