Economic Freedom of the World Study Released


The Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report was released today (well, it’s 12:20 am, so technically yesterday). It’s well worth a careful read. The charts relating economic freedom with life expectancy, economic growth, unemployment, infant mortality, child labor, and other measures of well being are especially eye-opening. The accompanying essay by William Easterly is also quite insightful.

The whole book can be downloaded, along with all of the charts, data, descriptions of the method, etc.

The Cato Institute publishes the book in the U.S., but most of the heavy lifting is done by the great folks at the Fraser Institute. The document is also being promoted by the Cato Institute in Russian, Arabic, and Spanish.

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