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Environment

Economic freedom and improved environmental quality go hand in hand. As a country achieves higher levels of economic freedom, its environmental quality improves as well. These improvements result from increased demand for a better environment in wealthy nations, stronger protection of property rights, and greater technological change as investment in research and development increases.

Environment

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

blight-fighting goats

In the News: City tells owner of 20 goats to ‘butt out’ of Detroit neighborhood

Detroit is getting rid of some blight-fighting goats.

Economic Freedom World Map

Economic Freedom Interactive Map

What components determine a country’s economic freedom? See them all on our interactive map.

Economic Freedom State-Off

Play our Economic Freedom State-Off Game to test your knowledge of the U.S. state’s economic rankings!

Economic Freedom Heat Map: Is Your State Cool with Economic Freedom?

Economic Freedom of North America 2013, is out, and the race is heating up for some U.S. states. Unfortunately, it’s a race to last place.

Four Decades of Economic Freedom in Ten Seconds

See which countries have gone from oppressed to free, and vice versa, in just ten seconds with our time series map of economic freedom.

United States vs. World

U.S. vs. The World: Compare Economic Freedom Rankings

What might your standard of living look like if you lived in another country? Check out our interactive web app to find out!

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report World Map

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report

After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 17th in this year’s report. What does this mean for the future?

In the News: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop

The Hyperloop, a new high-speed mode of transportation, could be on a collision course with California regulations. Click to read more.

Economic Freedom Video

Learn More About Economic Freedom

See the recent commercial the Charles Koch Foundation ran focused on the power of economic freedom.

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

blight-fighting goats

In the News: City tells owner of 20 goats to ‘butt out’ of Detroit neighborhood

Detroit is getting rid of some blight-fighting goats.

Economic Freedom World Map

Economic Freedom Interactive Map

What components determine a country’s economic freedom? See them all on our interactive map.

Economic Freedom State-Off

Play our Economic Freedom State-Off Game to test your knowledge of the U.S. state’s economic rankings!

Economic Freedom Heat Map: Is Your State Cool with Economic Freedom?

Economic Freedom of North America 2013, is out, and the race is heating up for some U.S. states. Unfortunately, it’s a race to last place.

Four Decades of Economic Freedom in Ten Seconds

See which countries have gone from oppressed to free, and vice versa, in just ten seconds with our time series map of economic freedom.

United States vs. World

U.S. vs. The World: Compare Economic Freedom Rankings

What might your standard of living look like if you lived in another country? Check out our interactive web app to find out!

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report World Map

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report

After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 17th in this year’s report. What does this mean for the future?

In the News: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop

The Hyperloop, a new high-speed mode of transportation, could be on a collision course with California regulations. Click to read more.

Shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day Isn’t the Only Day It’s Hip to Be “Green”

We’re celebrating March 17 by pointing out how economic freedom promotes being green the other 364 days of the year.

Farmland

Not Cheap, Not Fair: Crop Insurance Subsidies and the New Farm Bill

Congress is expected to pass a new Farm Bill this year—and with it, an increase in the crop insurance subsidies it pays to farmers. Why is this unfair?

camp in the wilderness

In the News: Mountain Man Fights Local Government to Keep Nature School Natural

It turns out that “all natural” is illegal in some areas of North Carolina.

Pineapples

Economic Freedom Tastes Like Pineapples and Black Pepper

Exotic foods—expensive to produce and difficult to transport—used to be a privilege of the wealthy. How has economic freedom changed that?

Interns applying for job.

In the News: Don’t Be Ashamed College Students, Profit is Not a Dirty Word

Professor Brian Brenberg reminds students that for-profit businesses are helping millions of people around the world rise out of poverty.

Reusable Grocery Bags

In the News: The Disgusting Consequences of Plastic-Bag Bans

The trend of banning plastic bags across the country has caused dangerous and unintended consequences, including illness.

Spiraling money pit

In the News: Bottom Falls Out of Debt-Ridden City

Irresponsible government spending has lead to a mess of devastating sinkholes for one bankrupted city

Liberty's Library

Liberty’s Library

From beginners to experts, our reading guide provides personalized recommendations to help you further your knowledge of liberty.

Vegetable garden

In the News: College Park couple says front yard vegetable garden is under fire again

What began as one Florida couple’s solution for affordable, fresh vegetables has turned into a battle over property rights. Click to learn more.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions for the U.S. Government

Hi Uncle Sam,

This hasn’t been your best year, I’m sure you’ll agree. But fortunately, now is a great time to make some New Year’s resolutions and begin to turn things around.

Sandy Aid Bill Holidays

In the News: Sandy Aid Bill Filled With Holiday Goodies Unrelated To Storm Damage

The U.S. government’s aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts has turned into a $60 billion Christmas bonus for federal government agencies.

Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes: 12 Books of Christmas

Looking for some liberty minded reading for over the holidays? Enter our sweepstakes to win one of our “12 Books of Christmas!”

State-Off

Economic Freedom State-Off

Which is freer, California or Pennsylvania? Our new Economic Freedom State-Off game will challenge your knowledge of U.S. States’ economic freedom rankings.

Economic Freedom Heat Map: How Does Your State Rank?

How did your state rank this year in economic freedom? Click to check out our economic freedom heat map and learn how your state compares to the rest of America.

USA and Canada Going Separate Directions in Economic Freedom

In the News: For Economic Freedom, It’s Still “Go (North)West, Young Man”

Economic freedom in the U.S. has migrated north to Canada, according to the Fraser Institute’s new report “Economic Freedom of North America 2012”.

Economic Freedom of North America 2012

Economic Freedom of North America 2012

Today, the Fraser Institute released the eighth edition of its annual report, Economic Freedom of North America 2012. For the first time in the report’s history, Canadian provinces have a higher average level of economic freedom than American states. Click to read more.

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Tired of Politics?

Sick of all the political rhetoric? Well, take a break and check out some of our best posts from 2011/2012.

Fall graphic, our economic freedom is also falling.

Happy Fall – ing in Economic Freedom…

Happy Fall! Unfortunately, this fall we found out that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in the world in economic freedom. Will our quality of life turn with the leaves?

Man at Water Cooler Listening About the U.S.'s Fall in Economic Freedom

In the News: Why We Should Care About America’s Fading Economic Freedom

The word at the water cooler is that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in economic freedom. So what’s the big deal? Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explains in U.S. News & World Report that economic freedom benefits just about everyone. “The conclusion is simple: Economic freedom yields beneficial results. …  data bears out […]

What’s So Great About Economic Freedom?

Why do we care about economic freedom? The reasons are so many, that we’ve made an info graphic out of them.

In the News: US drops to 18th most economically free country

Check out this interview with Professor Joshua Hall of Beloit College, one of the authors of the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.”

U.S. vs. the World: Compare Economic Freedom Rankings

How does the U.S. compare in economic freedom to other countries? Check out our interactive web application to find out!

Poll: Which country’s economic freedom ranking shocked you the most?

Which is more surprising to you, that the US fell to 18th in its economic freedom ranking, or that the United Arab Emirates ranked 11th? Click to cast your vote!

Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report

Earlier today, the Fraser Institute released its “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.” After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 16th in this year’s report. Click to find out more.

Back to School Without Economics?

Fewer than half of all U.S. high schools require students to take an economics class. Unfortunately, economic concepts affect you whether you understand them or not.

Hurricane Isaac and Economic Freedom: Do free-markets help in disaster recovery?

As Hurricane Isaac pummels Gulf states seven years after Katrina, the question is still debated: what is the best approach to disaster recovery—government agencies or individuals in a free-market?

Unintended Consequences: What will it take to reach the new MPG requirements?

The federal government is proposing to increase the fuel economy standard, a requirement that forces automakers to make their vehicles more fuel efficient over time. These standards will likely be difficult to achieve, but even aside from the difficulty in complying, should the government be telling automakers how to make their vehicles?

The Unwanted Yet Unavoidable Product: Ethanol

Should people be able to buy what they want? Most people would agree with this principle, as long as the production, purchase and use of the product itself isn’t harmful to others. But what about people being forced to buy what they don’t want?

Why America is in Decline

If we know exactly why American economic freedom is decreasing, we can try to prevent any further decline, and then being working to increase our economic freedom.

The Incomplete Narrative of the Solyndra Bankruptcy

The Solyndra bankruptcy isn’t just a failure of Obama, Bush, Democrats, Republicans, or the green movement; it is the failure of the philosophy that government can choose investments (or provide products and services) better than the marketplace.

Economic Freedom of the World 2011 Report

Unfortunately, the report shows the United States falling in its economic freedom ranking to #10 worldwide —far from its peak at #3 in 2001.

Is Economic Freedom Green?

Many today are searching for the answer to the question, “what is the best approach for improving and protecting our environment?”

blight-fighting goats

In the News: City tells owner of 20 goats to ‘butt out’ of Detroit neighborhood

Detroit is getting rid of some blight-fighting goats.

In the News: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop

The Hyperloop, a new high-speed mode of transportation, could be on a collision course with California regulations. Click to read more.

Economic Freedom Video

Learn More About Economic Freedom

See the recent commercial the Charles Koch Foundation ran focused on the power of economic freedom.

camp in the wilderness

In the News: Mountain Man Fights Local Government to Keep Nature School Natural

It turns out that “all natural” is illegal in some areas of North Carolina.

Interns applying for job.

In the News: Don’t Be Ashamed College Students, Profit is Not a Dirty Word

Professor Brian Brenberg reminds students that for-profit businesses are helping millions of people around the world rise out of poverty.

Reusable Grocery Bags

In the News: The Disgusting Consequences of Plastic-Bag Bans

The trend of banning plastic bags across the country has caused dangerous and unintended consequences, including illness.

Spiraling money pit

In the News: Bottom Falls Out of Debt-Ridden City

Irresponsible government spending has lead to a mess of devastating sinkholes for one bankrupted city

Vegetable garden

In the News: College Park couple says front yard vegetable garden is under fire again

What began as one Florida couple’s solution for affordable, fresh vegetables has turned into a battle over property rights. Click to learn more.

Sandy Aid Bill Holidays

In the News: Sandy Aid Bill Filled With Holiday Goodies Unrelated To Storm Damage

The U.S. government’s aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts has turned into a $60 billion Christmas bonus for federal government agencies.

USA and Canada Going Separate Directions in Economic Freedom

In the News: For Economic Freedom, It’s Still “Go (North)West, Young Man”

Economic freedom in the U.S. has migrated north to Canada, according to the Fraser Institute’s new report “Economic Freedom of North America 2012”.

Man at Water Cooler Listening About the U.S.'s Fall in Economic Freedom

In the News: Why We Should Care About America’s Fading Economic Freedom

The word at the water cooler is that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in economic freedom. So what’s the big deal? Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explains in U.S. News & World Report that economic freedom benefits just about everyone. “The conclusion is simple: Economic freedom yields beneficial results. …  data bears out […]

In the News: US drops to 18th most economically free country

Check out this interview with Professor Joshua Hall of Beloit College, one of the authors of the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.”

Hurricane Isaac and Economic Freedom: Do free-markets help in disaster recovery?

As Hurricane Isaac pummels Gulf states seven years after Katrina, the question is still debated: what is the best approach to disaster recovery—government agencies or individuals in a free-market?

Government’s Dismal Energy Investment Track Record

In the specific case of Solyndra, our federal government decided to intervene in the market with a $535 million loan guarantee, and as we all know, Solyndra went bankrupt.

News

In the News: Op-Ed on Economic Freedom Featured in Huffington Post

“[I]t is important to remember the fundamental truth of economic life: Markets work.”

African Elephants and Tire Fires: How Property Rights Effect Everyday Decisions

What is a key pillar of economic freedom? Secure property rights

Economic Freedom in 60 Seconds

How do you explain the incredible power of economic freedom in 60 seconds? Watch to find out.

Episode One: Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

Across the globe, the societies that have the best quality of life are those with the highest levels of economic freedom. From lower unemployment to better-protected civil rights and cleaner environments, economic freedom is vital to improving the well-being of society, especially for the most vulnerable.