Economic freedom has been shown in numerous peer-reviewed studies to promote prosperity and other positive outcomes. It is a necessary condition for democratic development. It liberates people from dependence on government in a planned economy, and allows them to make their own economic and political choices. For information on the effects of economic freedom, please see papers.
The classic definition of economic freedom is:
Individuals have economic freedom when property they acquire without the use of force, fraud, or theft is protected from physical invasions by others and they are free to use, exchange, or give their property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others. An index of economic freedom should measure the extent to which rightly acquired property is protected and individuals are engaged in voluntary transactions.
James Gwartney and Robert Lawson et al.
Economic Freedom of the World: 1996 Annual Report
Economic Freedom Network
The Economic Freedom Network is devoted to promoting economic freedom around the world. The network has member institutes in over 80 nations. For further information, see Economic Freedom Network Members.
Annual Reports: Economic Freedom of the World
Our annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, uses 42 distinct pieces of data to measure economic freedom in 141 nations. Please see the latest report for further details.
Economic Freedom of the World software
This software incorporates the database of the Economic Freedom of the
World report and all statistics in the World Bank Development Indicators.
Together they form a powerful database allowing comparison of economic freedom
with statistics that people care about: health, wealth, education and 500 other
variables. The software allows country statistics to be selected, sorted,
filtered, compared, charted and exported to Excel for further analysis. It runs
on all platforms of Windows.
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