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Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report

EFW-Report-ImageThis morning, the Fraser Institute released its Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report. Analyzing data from 152 countries and territories based on 42 distinct variables, the study’s authors rank countries according to their relative level of economic freedom.

After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 17th in this year’s report. As the authors explain:

“Unfortunately for the United States, we’ve seen overspending, weakening rule of law, and regulatory overkill on the part of the U.S. government, causing its economic freedom score to plummet in recent years. This is a stark contrast from 2000, when the U.S. was considered a bastion of economic freedom and ranked second globally.”

The Fraser Institute’s full report is available below and on the Economic Freedom Network website.

*The Fraser Institute holds copyright to Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report.



  1. Rick says:

    More Koch Brothers funded propaganda. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…

  2. Ellen Rudolph says:

    I look forward to these annual reports but always with a certain amount of trepidation. That we are down to 17th this year from 2nd is an atrocity. Collectively, Americans are economically illiterate and history challenged…there could not be a worse combination for our Constitutional Republic. I am glad I am of retirement age.

  3. drloosen says:

    Really difficult just to find a simple list/ranking of the countries and see where specific ones ranks. Your report PDF is ponderous. Please make it simple and easy.

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