James Gwartney

Professor of Economics, Florida State University

James D. Gwartney is a Professor of Economics at Florida State University, where he holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair. He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice, (cengage South-Western Press, 2017), a widely used principles of economics text now in its 16th edition and an economics primer, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016). His publications have appeared in scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, Kyklos, and Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. During 1999-2000, he served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U. S. Congress. He is a past President of the Southern Economic Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington.

Recent Research by James Gwartney

— 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).

— Sep 25, 2018
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2018 Annual Report

Economic Freedom of the World: 2018 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, which is based on 2016 data, Hong Kong is again number one, and Canada (tied for 10th with Australia) trails the United States, which ranks 6th.

— Sep 28, 2017
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 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 159 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking, which is based on 2015 data, Hong Kong is again number one, Canada dropped to 11th from the 5th spot last year and is tied with the United States.