Economic Freedom

— Mar 5, 2020
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Women's Economic Rights—What's Changed and Why Does It Matter? is a new study that highlights how women benefit when they enjoy the same economic rights as men, and tracks changes in economic freedom for women around the world from 2016 to 2018, the most recent year of comparable data. During that time, 83 countries improved women’s economic rights, while 54 countries imposed greater restrictions on women’s economic freedom.

— Dec 18, 2019
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The Human Freedom Index 2019

The Human Freedom Index, 2019 finds that New Zealand is again the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong. Canada ranks 4th globally, and the United States ranks 15th in this year’s report. The index ranks 162 countries and jurisdictions based on 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms and is a joint project with the Cato Institute in the U.S. and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

— Dec 18, 2019
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Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2019 Annual Report

Jordan is the most economically-free nation in the Arab world, followed by Bahrain and the U.A.E., according to the Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2019 Annual Report, co-published by the Fraser Institute, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty and the International Research Foundation. This report compares and ranks 22 Arab nations in five areas of economic freedom: size of government, including expenditures, taxes and enterprises; commercial and economic law and security of property rights; access to sound money; freedom to trade internationally; and regulation of credit, labour and business.

— Nov 7, 2019
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Economic Freedom of North America 2019

Economic Freedom of North America 2019 finds that New Hampshire has reclaimed its status as the most economically free state in the U.S., having scored 7.93 out of 10 in this year’s report, which measures government spending, taxation and labour market restrictions. Rounding out the top five freest states are Florida (2nd), Tennessee (3rd), Virginia (4th) and Texas (5th). For the fifth year in a row, New York was ranked the least free (50th), followed by West Virginia (49th), Alaska (48th), Vermont (47th) and Oregon (46th).

— Sep 12, 2019
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2019 Annual Report

Economic Freedom of the World: 2019 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas: size of government, legal structure and security of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation of credit, labour and business. This year’s report compares 162 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking—Hong Kong is again number one and Canada (8th) trails the United States (5th).

— Aug 15, 2019
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Gender Disparity Under the Law and Women’s Well-Being, part of the Fraser Institute’s ongoing research of women’s well-being worldwide, finds that women in countries with no gender disparity under the law are better able to participate in economic activity and experience greater social progress.

— Dec 10, 2018
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The Human Freedom Index 2018

The Human Freedom Index, 2018 finds that New Zealand is the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong. Canada ranks 5th globally, and the United States ranks 17th in this year’s report. The index ranks 162 countries and jurisdictions based on 79 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms and is a joint project with the Cato Institute in the U.S. and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.