10-10-2016, 10:14 AM
Ok there are two types of think tanks, those that attempt to influence governmental policy and those that attempt to educate people. Mises is an example of the latter, Cato is an example of the former.
Regardless, realize that think tanks really don't accomplish much in regards to bringing about change. So if you want front line activist action, a think tank is not the place to go.
That being said, if you really like academia and reading and studying, then think tanks are a great place for that, because that's mostly what they do. They hold lectures, churn out reports and policy recommendations, etc.