For over two decades, the Index of Economic Freedom has measured the impact of liberty and free markets around the globe, and the 2016 Index confirms the formidable positive relationship between economic freedom and progress.

The 2016 Index — the 22nd edition—includes:

  • Updated economic freedom scores and macroeconomic data for 186 economies.
  • Easy-to-read cross-country comparisons that highlight why economic freedom matters.
  • Three informative chapters that explore topics of particular relevance to today’s policy debates, including the harm of anti-competitive regulatory policies and protectionism, an in-depth look at work in the shadow economy, and a fresh approach to improving the targeting and effectiveness of development programs.
  • Online tools like customized comparison charts and an interactive heat map.


Organisation: The heritage foundation

Most recent version: 2016

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