jobs

Job Creation

Evidence across the world and within the United States demonstrates that stronger employment growth follows increases in economic freedom. Lower taxes, limited size and scope of government, and flexible labor policies encourage entrepreneurship, stimulate businesses to hire, and improve job opportunity. Workers and investors take notice, vote with their feet, and move to states with more opportunity, making freer states more prosperous.

Job Creation

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In the News: The World Cup traveling circus

A majority of Brazilians don’t think the World Cup is all it’s cracked up to be.

In the News: Report: Food Freedom Under Attack

Our food freedom is under attack.

In the News: The FDA’s unpalatable cheese crackdown

The FDA recently lifted a new ban on the age-old practice of using wooden planks to ripen cheese. But don’t celebrate too fast.

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

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In the News: Sugar fight ain’t so sweet

Every time you use sugar—from your morning coffee to those cupcakes you’re baking—you’re paying too much.

Barber

In the News: Licensing isn’t necessary to ensure quality

Although licensing is supposed to raise the quality of a variety of services, it comes with a cost.

Texas Stamp

In the News: Toyota’s Texas move means tax savings for workers

Toyota’s workers will save big if they move from California to Texas.

“Locked Out”: A new documentary from Honest Enterprise

One woman’s fight against big government and special interests.

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In the News: An inventor’s Quirky path to success

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the best ideas often come from the unlikeliest of sources.

Chili Peppers

In the News: Sriracha too hot for one California town

Any town would be happy to host a Sriracha factory and the jobs it brings with it, right? Wrong.

Soccer goal

In the News: The World Cup traveling circus

A majority of Brazilians don’t think the World Cup is all it’s cracked up to be.

In the News: Report: Food Freedom Under Attack

Our food freedom is under attack.

In the News: The FDA’s unpalatable cheese crackdown

The FDA recently lifted a new ban on the age-old practice of using wooden planks to ripen cheese. But don’t celebrate too fast.

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Sugar fight ain’t so sweet

Every time you use sugar—from your morning coffee to those cupcakes you’re baking—you’re paying too much.

Barber

In the News: Licensing isn’t necessary to ensure quality

Although licensing is supposed to raise the quality of a variety of services, it comes with a cost.

Texas Stamp

In the News: Toyota’s Texas move means tax savings for workers

Toyota’s workers will save big if they move from California to Texas.

Light bulb

In the News: An inventor’s Quirky path to success

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the best ideas often come from the unlikeliest of sources.

Chili Peppers

In the News: Sriracha too hot for one California town

Any town would be happy to host a Sriracha factory and the jobs it brings with it, right? Wrong.

Consumer Bans

In the News: Government regulations on small businesses out of control?

You won’t believe how ridiculous these government regulations on small businesses are.

80s Cell Phone

In the News: The first cellphone went on sale 30 years ago for $4,000

Cell phones have come a long way in 30 years, but a monopoly could have wrecked all that.

Container Ship

In the News: An old law, a snowy winter, and a modern-day salt shortage

New Jersey’s roads remained icy longer due to a 1920 law allowing only American-built ships to transport goods between U.S. ports.

Olympic Torch

In the News: Why Sochi’s terrible bathrooms are the perfect symbol for Russia’s Olympics

At a cost of $51 billion, the Sochi Olympics are the most expensive in history and cronyism’s to blame.

Glasses of beer

In the News: FAA grounds brewery’s beer-delivering drone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded beer-delivering drones in Wisconsin.

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In the News: Best State in a Supporting Role

For more than a decade, states have been doling out tax credits and subsidies to attract star-studded movie productions.

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In the News: Parisian Taxi Drivers Go On Rampage Over Uber

Getting a taxi in France just became even more hectic.

In the News: America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

Economic freedom in the United States has been on the decline for nearly a decade now.

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In the News: The Real Miyagi’s Dojo Threatened: Santa Ana Favors Foliage over Small Business

Fumio Demura taught stars like Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris how to fight. Now he’s fighting to keep his real-life dojo.

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.

Economic Freedom of North America 2013

Once again, the Canadian provinces are besting the U.S. states in terms of average level of economic freedom.

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The Entrepreneur’s Nightmare

Being an entrepreneur is scary,and most entrepreneurs find their biggest foe in the government.

Carpentry

In the News Update: Monks Win Final Round in Casket Sales Dispute

Good news for Louisiana’s casket-making monks and for the little guy everywhere.

Infographic: Your State’s Beer Taxes

Did you celebrate Oktoberfest this year? No matter your state, you were paying taxes on that tall, frosty one:

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!

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In the News: A Not So Great Day for Freedom

America’s decline in economic freedom isn’t just wounding to our pride; it’s also worrying for our prosperity.

In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom

The Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom. Click to read more.

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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.

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and other Friedman-isms

We’d like to honor Professor Friedman on his birthday by noting a few of our favorite “Friedman-isms.”

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Economic Freedom in Your Area

A recent study shows that metropolitan areas with greater economic freedom enjoy higher incomes and less unemployment.

In the News: For the Last Time, Robots Do Not Cause Unemployment

From electric dishwashers to ATMs to self-checkout kiosks, machines are our friends.

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In the News: Army: Thanks But No Tanks

The U.S. Army is trying to cut superfluous spending but it continues to purchase a tank it does not want or need.

Taxi

In the News: Taxi Company Wins Right to Operate in Denver

Catching a cab in Denver may soon be easier and less expensive thanks to a recent ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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In the News: Best States for Bachelor Parties (and Economic Freedom)

The Mercatus Center has released its annual “Freedom in the 50 States” rankings—including the best state to host a bachelor party.

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In the News: California Businesses Fuming Over Retroactive $120M Tax Grab

California decided to retract a tax break for small businesses, hurting innovation and the ability of businesses to create jobs.

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In the News: “The America That Works”

States across the country are providing reasons to be optimistic about America’s future.

Congress Capitol Dome

In the News: Senate Budget Tax Plan: Tax Increases Trade Economic Growth for Revenue

Congress is scrambling to pass a budget by March 27th— a task it has not accomplished during the past four years.

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?

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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.

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The Best of the Liberty Video Awards

It’s time to vote for the best overall liberty video of 2012.

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Economic Freedom’s Most Humorous

Check out the nominations for Most Humorous video.

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Economic Freedom’s Best Lesson in Economics

Revealed today: the nominations for Best Lesson in Economics.

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In the News: Why Pacquiao Might Never Fight in the United States Again

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao may never fight in the U.S. again.

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Economic Freedom’s Best Docu-mini

Revealed today: the nominations for Best Docu-mini.

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What If the Oscars® Included Videos About Economic Freedom?

EconomicFreedom.org is hosting our own online awards to recognize some of the best videos from the past year that celebrate the benefits of economic freedom.

Piles of Regulations and Paperwork

In the News: North Carolina’s Aggressive Occupational Licensing

North Carolina has one of the most burdensome occupational licensing environments among U.S. states.

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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.

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“Pro-Business” or “Pro-Market”? And What’s the Difference?

Surprising as it may seem, “Pro-business” does not necessarily mean “pro-market.”

Florida Roadsign

In the News: People Go Where Taxes Are Low

The sunshine isn’t the only reason people are leaving New York for Florida.

In the News: Why the Fed Needs to End “Quantitative Easing”

By artificially increasing the money supply through “quantitative easing”, the U.S. Federal Reserve is contributing to the nation’s anemic economic growth.

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In the News: Minnesota Timberwolves Fans Have More Than Basketball to Be Upset About

The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves are last in their division, but Minnesotans have something else to be concerned about.

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In the News: Street Vendors Battle Limits

Ordinances limiting where street vendors in Hialeah, Florida can sell their wares are making business difficult for  these entrepreneurs.

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Do You Have a License for That?

What do teeth whitening in Connecticut, hair shampooing in Tennessee, and interior designing in Florida have in common? They’re all licensed occupations. Incredible, but true. Click to read more!

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Liberty’s Library

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

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In the News: Michigan Helps Itself with Jobs

Michigan recently became the 24th U.S. state to pass a right-to-work law. However, forced union dues are only one of many policies that hinder competition and economic growth.

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.

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In the News: A Proud Russian Immigrant Reminds Me Of America’s Genius

Since its founding, people across the globe have chosen to come to the U.S. seeking economic opportunity. But how long will the U.S. remain the land of opportunity?

Wine Glass

In the News: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Should Not Pass Go

When the government has a monopoly on a business, only the cronies win. Meet the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Three Innovations That Brighten Your Holidays

Innovations are changing the way we celebrate holidays, communicate with loved ones, and buy presents.

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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!”

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In the News: Uncle Sam’s War on Seniors

While inflation hurts many, two professors explain in an op-ed how seniors, who rely on fixed incomes and savings, suffer most severely.

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Stamping Out Waste

Why isn’t the USPS making innovations and meeting customer needs like Outbox? Simple: because consistent financial support from the government eliminates incentives to do so.

Big Government

In the News: America’s Big-Government Problem

In contrast to the Reagan-Clinton era of economic growth and innovation, in the past decade the U.S. has experienced a surge in government size and spending. Click to read more.

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When the Government Prohibits for Your Own Good

How would you feel if someone tried to tell you what foods you could eat, what products you could purchase, or how you could spend your free time? Sound like something from George Orwell’s 1984? Well, it’s actually a description of what is happening in the U.S. today.

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.

Souvenir Vendor

In the News: Is It Art? On Venice Beach, Police Can Make the Call

California art critics beware: your job is being usurped by the Los Angeles Police Department. Click to read more about the unintended consequences of protectionism.

Fiscal Cliff: Raising Taxes on Middle-Income Americans

The Fiscal Cliff: Raising Taxes on Middle-Income Americans

The U.S. is rapidly approaching the “fiscal cliff”—the deadline for when many tax cuts are set to expire.  Should we raise taxes? Not according to Professor Antony Davies.

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In the News: Cows Flee California Seeking a Better Economic Climate

Even cows are now fleeing California. The latest in how cronyism raises prices and creates strange economic side-effects.

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In the News: Lower Corporate Taxes Would Make Alabama a ‘Sweet’ Home for Business

Alabama is losing its businesses to other states. Professor Scott Beaulier of Troy University explains how lowering the state’s corporate income tax rate could help shrink unemployment and grow Alabama’s economy.

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In the News: iPhone 5 Travels 20,096 Miles Before Ending Up in Your Hands

What can the production of an iPhone teach us about the importance of economic freedom? Click to find out!

Piles of Regulations and Paperwork

In the News: 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days

In the last 90 days, the federal government has proposed over 6,000 new regulations. How will that affect businesses and job creation?

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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.

College Graduate

Months after Graduation, Struggles Continue

First semester of the 2012/2013 academic year is well underway. But while millions of college students are back on campus, many frustrated and unemployed recent graduates remain at home with mom and dad.

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In the News: Lessons From the Great Depression

89 years after the Great Depression, are we making the same mistakes? Check out some lessons we can learn from previous recessions.

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We’ll Never Know the True Cost of the Massive National Debt

October marks a new fiscal year for the federal government, and we are certain to fund much of our spending in the upcoming twelve months by taking on more debt. But the cost of our debt is even greater than what we think.

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Trick or Treat? Two Truly Frightening Halloween Costumes

What’s the scariest Halloween costume you’ve seen recently? Here are two truly frightening Halloween costumes guaranteed to terrify freedom-loving adults.

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In the News: China, Huawei Technologies, and Obnoxious U.S. Protectionism

Congressional investigators are looking to ban a Chinese telecommunications company from the United States. Classic case of protectionism.

Swedish Money

In the News: Sweden’s Economic Makeover

The U.S. should embrace more than just Sweden’s iconic Ikea stores. How about fiscal responsibility too?

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Innovations in Travel Since Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

Travel has come a long way since Christopher Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to immense innovation and technological advances, you can now fly across in only 8 hours. But what encourages innovation the most? Click to find out!

For Sale

In the News: Your freedom to resell your own stuff is in peril

This fall , you may lose the freedom to resell your own stuff. Say goodbye to Craigslist, Ebay Inc. and cheaper goods.

Taxi

In the News: Uber Battles Cronyism in Washington, D.C.

What happens when an innovative car service company starts competing with the Washington, D.C. taxicab industry? The D.C. Taxicab Commissioner tries to block the competition. Cronyism like this is not always as visible, but it’s rampant throughout all parts of government.

Cronies and Cronyism

In the News: Cronies Playing Venture Capitalist with Taxpayer Dollars

County authorities in Florida use tax payer money to convince two companies to set up shop in their county. Check out this latest story of cronyism.

Poverty Rises in Alabama as U.S. Economic Freedom Falls

Alabama’s poverty rate is the 47th worst in the U.S. As America falls in economic freedom, it will only make Alabama’s road to recovery all that much harder.

USA and Canada Going Separate Directions in Economic Freedom

Lessons in Spending, Regulations and Debt from our Northern Neighbor

Canada is now ranked 13 spots ahead of the U.S. in economic freedom. As Canada pursues policies that involve less government spending and regulations, the country as a whole benefits.

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?

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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 […]

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Entrepreneurship at Work: Can’t afford a designer dress? Rent one for $30

Think you can’t afford designer clothes? The times are changing. This is innovation at its best.

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.”

In the News: Uncertainty hamstrings America’s entrepreneurs

Looming tax increases and a complex regulatory system are creating uncertainty for businesses. As entrepreneurs struggle to grow and create new jobs, the affects on our country will be severe.

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!

Does Economic Freedom Encourage Entrepreneurship?

Does economic freedom promote entrepreneurship and growth? Economists Christian Bjørnskov and Nicolai J. Foss explore the answer in the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.” Click to read more.

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.

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39 years of Cell Phone Freedom

New cell phones have come a long way since the first successful prototype in 1973. Why have we seen such explosive innovation in the cell phone industry? In a large part, it’s due to the power of economic freedom.

In the News: Debt forecast: U.S. will look like Greece by 2021

U.S. debt has passed the $16 trillion mark—that is 40 percent above what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted for 2012. We’re closer to Greece than we had thought.

In the News: Happy Deficit Day, America!

Today is “Deficit Day”— the day the U.S. government has spent all of the tax revenue it takes in and starts accumulating more debt.

In the News: The Pony Express and Other Tales of Rent-Seeking in America

Why is America’s economy continually struggling almost four years after the financial crisis? The cause may not be a “who,” but rather a “what.”

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.

Poll: Where does inflation hit you the hardest?

The causes of inflation are very complex, but everyone can see the results: higher prices. Take our poll and let us know where inflation is hitting you the hardest!

 

The Chevy Volt: Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough

Last weekend Detroit hosted the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day automotive event. Focusing on America’s classic car heritage, the event also served as a reminder of how far the government-subsidized General Motors has fallen since its earlier classics. Take for example the Chevy Volt …

In the News: Forbes – To Spread the Wealth, Free the Markets

Steve Forbes offers some insight on why free-markets are moral and a big government isn’t.

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Small Banks Say Regulations Are Hurting Industry

New banking regulations are putting local community banks through the ringer. Click to read more.

In the News: No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs ‘Horseshoer’ for $50,000

The city of Detroit’s water and sewage department spends $50,000 to employ a “horseshoer” … despite not having any horses!

Health Care Cronyism – Special Interests Don’t Care About your Health Care

Medicine and health care play a crucial role in assuring a high quality of life for Americans, but nonetheless, health care has also at times been a locus of cronyism. Read Sam Patterson’s latest to find out more!

In the News: A Win for Economic Freedom

In 2009, Jestina Clayton, a Salt Lake City resident, was told that she would need a cosmetology license if she wanted to braid hair—despite having decades of hair-braiding experience. In an exciting turn of events, a federal court recently overturned Utah’s licensing requirements. Click to read more!

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In the News: Free Nevada and Unleash the Entrepreneur

If Nevada scores so well in economic freedom measures, why is its unemployment still above 11 percent? Derek Yonai unpacks the mystery.

Winners in Ease of Doing Business

Singapore is the easiest country in the world to do business in!

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In the News: Chicago Food Trucks and Regulation

Chicago provides another example of overregulation and cronyism impacting food truck entrepreneurs.

Winners in Free Trade

Singapore takes home the gold medal when it comes to international free trade.

Winners in Unemployment

What three countries do you think have the lowest unemployment rate?  With unemployment in the United States at 8.3 percent, we are not bringing home the gold. Check out this infographic to find out who is.

In the News: Milton Friedman and Economic Freedom

This past Tuesday would have been Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. The Heritage Foundation posted an excellent piece this week highlighting some of Milton Friedman’s ground-breaking work surrounding economic freedom. Read to find out more!

The EconOlympics: Running for Freedom

If there was an Economic Freedom Olympics, what country would take the gold? How about silver? Check out this infographic to find out!

In the News: The Government Takes Aim at Risky Student Loans

A recent study compares the sub-prime mortgage lending practices that precipitated the 2008 financial crash to the current student loans practices. But how can we prevent a similar crisis in the student loan market?

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In the News: Fragile Economic Recovery Shows Growing Cracks

Economists are becoming less optimistic about the U.S.’s economic growth. While “sustainable growth” and “long-term growth” have become household terms, many people fail to realize the key ingredient for true long-term growth: economic freedom.

Lessons in Budgeting and Adulthood

Bankrupt cities are quickly becoming a common occurrence: which makes sense, considering Congress hasn’t passed a budget in over 3 years. 

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In the News: Economic Freedom is Fading

Economic freedom has created the space for decades of prosperity. In contrast, our current economic woes are indicative of one thing: our declining economic freedom.

The Supreme Court and Economic Freedom

How do U.S.  Supreme Court decisions affect our economic freedom? It may not be as obvious as new taxes or regulations, but the effects still have far-reaching consequences. So here are five Supreme Court decisions that every freedom lover should know about.

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In the News: The Silent Bailout of the States

In 2009, a few major banks and companies received massive financial bailouts from the federal government, but the era of bailouts has not ended. They just happen to be less visible.

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In the News: Why It’s Illegal to Braid Hair Without a License

Is hair-braiding dangerous enough to warrant a license? According to the state of Utah it is. Check out a recent NPR segment highlighting why hair-braiding is illegal.

Our Economy Needs Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurs Need Economic Freedom

The economy needs entrepreneurs, but what do entrepreneurs need? How can we help these entrepreneurs create jobs and drive new ideas to market? The answer is simple: economic freedom.

It Was the Worst of Times

The sudden crash of the stock market on October 29, 1929 heralded the beginning of the worst economic crisis in living memory, the Great Depression. It was a dark time in American history as families struggled simply to put food on the table and pay for other basic necessities. By 1932, one in four people […]

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

The 1920s Depression demonstrates how real economic growth begins and ends in the private sector. Read about it here.

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In the News: Build It and They Will Come

Why is Indiana starting to regain economic steam? Joseph Clark points to the state’s recent increase in economic freedom as the driving force behind improving economic conditions.

The Few and the Proud

President Coolidge empowered the American people, strengthening individual rights rather than expanding the size and scope of government. Consequently, the private sector thrived and prosperity followed.

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In the News: Forgetting What “Good” Looks Like

Is the economy really getting any better? No, and the reason is that we’re not addressing the fundamental issue: the U.S.’s decline in economic freedom.

New Minimum Wage Further Reduces Economic Freedom in New Mexico

The city of Santa Fe recently set a record by raising its minimum wage to $10.29 an hour, the highest in the nation. But will it lead to real, lasting prosperity?

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In the News: Is Nevada a pro-business state?

How can a state encourage more job growth? Professor Brad Schiller in the Reno Gazette-Journal lays out a couple of ways that states, and Nevada specifically, can improve their business environment.

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In the News: Freedom is Key to Creating Jobs, Not Stimulus Spending

How can we regain long-term prosperity in America? Matt Mitchell, in a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, argues that the verdict is out: a healthy dose of economic freedom is the only certain recipe for a healthy economy.

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In the News: Economics for the Long Run

John B. Taylor writes an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about how our government’s policies should be decided based on the principles of economic freedom.

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In the News: Still the Land of the Free?

John Andrews writes an op-ed in the Denver Post spotlighting the shape America is in and steps necessary to improve our economic competitiveness with the rest of the world.

All We Want for Christmas

The Economic Freedom Team asks Santa for just one thing this Christmas. Will their wishes come true?

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.

What Can We Learn From Greece?

If Americans want to take a different path than Greece, we must stop our current slide and work to ensure that our people and our businesses have their economic freedom protected.

 

Economic Freedom of North America: 2011

The 2011 report on the Economic Freedom of North America reveals a decline in economic freedom in the United States, hindering recovery from the recession.

Street Vendors and Economic Freedom

Many American street vendors are having their economic freedom restricted right now, as a recent article explains.

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.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This simple question, asked of millions of children across the world, assumes limitless opportunities at a time when a child has an entire lifetime to fulfill high aspirations.

In the News: Report: Food Freedom Under Attack

Our food freedom is under attack.

In the News: The FDA’s unpalatable cheese crackdown

The FDA recently lifted a new ban on the age-old practice of using wooden planks to ripen cheese. But don’t celebrate too fast.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Sugar fight ain’t so sweet

Every time you use sugar—from your morning coffee to those cupcakes you’re baking—you’re paying too much.

Barber

In the News: Licensing isn’t necessary to ensure quality

Although licensing is supposed to raise the quality of a variety of services, it comes with a cost.

Texas Stamp

In the News: Toyota’s Texas move means tax savings for workers

Toyota’s workers will save big if they move from California to Texas.

Light bulb

In the News: An inventor’s Quirky path to success

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the best ideas often come from the unlikeliest of sources.

Chili Peppers

In the News: Sriracha too hot for one California town

Any town would be happy to host a Sriracha factory and the jobs it brings with it, right? Wrong.

Consumer Bans

In the News: Government regulations on small businesses out of control?

You won’t believe how ridiculous these government regulations on small businesses are.

80s Cell Phone

In the News: The first cellphone went on sale 30 years ago for $4,000

Cell phones have come a long way in 30 years, but a monopoly could have wrecked all that.

Container Ship

In the News: An old law, a snowy winter, and a modern-day salt shortage

New Jersey’s roads remained icy longer due to a 1920 law allowing only American-built ships to transport goods between U.S. ports.

Olympic Torch

In the News: Why Sochi’s terrible bathrooms are the perfect symbol for Russia’s Olympics

At a cost of $51 billion, the Sochi Olympics are the most expensive in history and cronyism’s to blame.

Glasses of beer

In the News: FAA grounds brewery’s beer-delivering drone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded beer-delivering drones in Wisconsin.

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In the News: Best State in a Supporting Role

For more than a decade, states have been doling out tax credits and subsidies to attract star-studded movie productions.

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In the News: Parisian Taxi Drivers Go On Rampage Over Uber

Getting a taxi in France just became even more hectic.

In the News: America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

Economic freedom in the United States has been on the decline for nearly a decade now.

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In the News: The Real Miyagi’s Dojo Threatened: Santa Ana Favors Foliage over Small Business

Fumio Demura taught stars like Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris how to fight. Now he’s fighting to keep his real-life dojo.

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In the News Update: Monks Win Final Round in Casket Sales Dispute

Good news for Louisiana’s casket-making monks and for the little guy everywhere.

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In the News: A Not So Great Day for Freedom

America’s decline in economic freedom isn’t just wounding to our pride; it’s also worrying for our prosperity.

In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom

The Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom. Click to read more.

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.

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Learn More About Economic Freedom

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

In the News: For the Last Time, Robots Do Not Cause Unemployment

From electric dishwashers to ATMs to self-checkout kiosks, machines are our friends.

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In the News: How America Lost Its Way

Why is the journey from a new idea to opening shop becoming more difficult for Americans?

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In the News: Army: Thanks But No Tanks

The U.S. Army is trying to cut superfluous spending but it continues to purchase a tank it does not want or need.

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In the News: Taxi Company Wins Right to Operate in Denver

Catching a cab in Denver may soon be easier and less expensive thanks to a recent ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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In the News: Best States for Bachelor Parties (and Economic Freedom)

The Mercatus Center has released its annual “Freedom in the 50 States” rankings—including the best state to host a bachelor party.

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In the News: California Businesses Fuming Over Retroactive $120M Tax Grab

California decided to retract a tax break for small businesses, hurting innovation and the ability of businesses to create jobs.

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In the News: “The America That Works”

States across the country are providing reasons to be optimistic about America’s future.

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In the News: Senate Budget Tax Plan: Tax Increases Trade Economic Growth for Revenue

Congress is scrambling to pass a budget by March 27th— a task it has not accomplished during the past four years.

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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.

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In the News: Why Pacquiao Might Never Fight in the United States Again

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao may never fight in the U.S. again.

Piles of Regulations and Paperwork

In the News: North Carolina’s Aggressive Occupational Licensing

North Carolina has one of the most burdensome occupational licensing environments among U.S. states.

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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.

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In the News: People Go Where Taxes Are Low

The sunshine isn’t the only reason people are leaving New York for Florida.

In the News: Why the Fed Needs to End “Quantitative Easing”

By artificially increasing the money supply through “quantitative easing”, the U.S. Federal Reserve is contributing to the nation’s anemic economic growth.

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In the News: Minnesota Timberwolves Fans Have More Than Basketball to Be Upset About

The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves are last in their division, but Minnesotans have something else to be concerned about.

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In the News: Street Vendors Battle Limits

Ordinances limiting where street vendors in Hialeah, Florida can sell their wares are making business difficult for  these entrepreneurs.

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In the News: Michigan Helps Itself with Jobs

Michigan recently became the 24th U.S. state to pass a right-to-work law. However, forced union dues are only one of many policies that hinder competition and economic growth.

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In the News: A Proud Russian Immigrant Reminds Me Of America’s Genius

Since its founding, people across the globe have chosen to come to the U.S. seeking economic opportunity. But how long will the U.S. remain the land of opportunity?

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In the News: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Should Not Pass Go

When the government has a monopoly on a business, only the cronies win. Meet the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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In the News: Uncle Sam’s War on Seniors

While inflation hurts many, two professors explain in an op-ed how seniors, who rely on fixed incomes and savings, suffer most severely.

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In the News: America’s Big-Government Problem

In contrast to the Reagan-Clinton era of economic growth and innovation, in the past decade the U.S. has experienced a surge in government size and spending. Click to read more.

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”.

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In the News: Is It Art? On Venice Beach, Police Can Make the Call

California art critics beware: your job is being usurped by the Los Angeles Police Department. Click to read more about the unintended consequences of protectionism.

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In the News: Lower Corporate Taxes Would Make Alabama a ‘Sweet’ Home for Business

Alabama is losing its businesses to other states. Professor Scott Beaulier of Troy University explains how lowering the state’s corporate income tax rate could help shrink unemployment and grow Alabama’s economy.

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In the News: iPhone 5 Travels 20,096 Miles Before Ending Up in Your Hands

What can the production of an iPhone teach us about the importance of economic freedom? Click to find out!

Piles of Regulations and Paperwork

In the News: 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days

In the last 90 days, the federal government has proposed over 6,000 new regulations. How will that affect businesses and job creation?

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In the News: Lessons From the Great Depression

89 years after the Great Depression, are we making the same mistakes? Check out some lessons we can learn from previous recessions.

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In the News: China, Huawei Technologies, and Obnoxious U.S. Protectionism

Congressional investigators are looking to ban a Chinese telecommunications company from the United States. Classic case of protectionism.

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In the News: Sweden’s Economic Makeover

The U.S. should embrace more than just Sweden’s iconic Ikea stores. How about fiscal responsibility too?

For Sale

In the News: Your freedom to resell your own stuff is in peril

This fall , you may lose the freedom to resell your own stuff. Say goodbye to Craigslist, Ebay Inc. and cheaper goods.

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In the News: Uber Battles Cronyism in Washington, D.C.

What happens when an innovative car service company starts competing with the Washington, D.C. taxicab industry? The D.C. Taxicab Commissioner tries to block the competition. Cronyism like this is not always as visible, but it’s rampant throughout all parts of government.

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In the News: Cronies Playing Venture Capitalist with Taxpayer Dollars

County authorities in Florida use tax payer money to convince two companies to set up shop in their county. Check out this latest story of cronyism.

Poverty Rises in Alabama as U.S. Economic Freedom Falls

Alabama’s poverty rate is the 47th worst in the U.S. As America falls in economic freedom, it will only make Alabama’s road to recovery all that much harder.

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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.”

In the News: Uncertainty hamstrings America’s entrepreneurs

Looming tax increases and a complex regulatory system are creating uncertainty for businesses. As entrepreneurs struggle to grow and create new jobs, the affects on our country will be severe.

In the News: Debt forecast: U.S. will look like Greece by 2021

U.S. debt has passed the $16 trillion mark—that is 40 percent above what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted for 2012. We’re closer to Greece than we had thought.

In the News: The Pony Express and Other Tales of Rent-Seeking in America

Why is America’s economy continually struggling almost four years after the financial crisis? The cause may not be a “who,” but rather a “what.”

In the News: Forbes – To Spread the Wealth, Free the Markets

Steve Forbes offers some insight on why free-markets are moral and a big government isn’t.

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Small Banks Say Regulations Are Hurting Industry

New banking regulations are putting local community banks through the ringer. Click to read more.

In the News: No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs ‘Horseshoer’ for $50,000

The city of Detroit’s water and sewage department spends $50,000 to employ a “horseshoer” … despite not having any horses!

In the News: A Win for Economic Freedom

In 2009, Jestina Clayton, a Salt Lake City resident, was told that she would need a cosmetology license if she wanted to braid hair—despite having decades of hair-braiding experience. In an exciting turn of events, a federal court recently overturned Utah’s licensing requirements. Click to read more!

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In the News: Free Nevada and Unleash the Entrepreneur

If Nevada scores so well in economic freedom measures, why is its unemployment still above 11 percent? Derek Yonai unpacks the mystery.

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In the News: Chicago Food Trucks and Regulation

Chicago provides another example of overregulation and cronyism impacting food truck entrepreneurs.

In the News: Milton Friedman and Economic Freedom

This past Tuesday would have been Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. The Heritage Foundation posted an excellent piece this week highlighting some of Milton Friedman’s ground-breaking work surrounding economic freedom. Read to find out more!

In the News: The Government Takes Aim at Risky Student Loans

A recent study compares the sub-prime mortgage lending practices that precipitated the 2008 financial crash to the current student loans practices. But how can we prevent a similar crisis in the student loan market?

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In the News: Fragile Economic Recovery Shows Growing Cracks

Economists are becoming less optimistic about the U.S.’s economic growth. While “sustainable growth” and “long-term growth” have become household terms, many people fail to realize the key ingredient for true long-term growth: economic freedom.

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In the News: Economic Freedom is Fading

Economic freedom has created the space for decades of prosperity. In contrast, our current economic woes are indicative of one thing: our declining economic freedom.

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In the News: The Silent Bailout of the States

In 2009, a few major banks and companies received massive financial bailouts from the federal government, but the era of bailouts has not ended. They just happen to be less visible.

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In the News: Why It’s Illegal to Braid Hair Without a License

Is hair-braiding dangerous enough to warrant a license? According to the state of Utah it is. Check out a recent NPR segment highlighting why hair-braiding is illegal.

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In the News: Build It and They Will Come

Why is Indiana starting to regain economic steam? Joseph Clark points to the state’s recent increase in economic freedom as the driving force behind improving economic conditions.

News

In the News: Forgetting What “Good” Looks Like

Is the economy really getting any better? No, and the reason is that we’re not addressing the fundamental issue: the U.S.’s decline in economic freedom.

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In the News: Freedom and Entrepreneurship – New Evidence from the 50 States

The Mercatus Center released a new study on the correlation between freedom and entrepreneurship in the United States.

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In the News: Is Nevada a pro-business state?

How can a state encourage more job growth? Professor Brad Schiller in the Reno Gazette-Journal lays out a couple of ways that states, and Nevada specifically, can improve their business environment.

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In the News: Freedom is Key to Creating Jobs, Not Stimulus Spending

How can we regain long-term prosperity in America? Matt Mitchell, in a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, argues that the verdict is out: a healthy dose of economic freedom is the only certain recipe for a healthy economy.

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In the News: Economics for the Long Run

John B. Taylor writes an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about how our government’s policies should be decided based on the principles of economic freedom.

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In the News: Still the Land of the Free?

John Andrews writes an op-ed in the Denver Post spotlighting the shape America is in and steps necessary to improve our economic competitiveness with the rest of the world.

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In the News: To Increase Jobs, Increase Economic Freedom

John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, wrote an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal discussing the importance of economic freedom to job creation.

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In the News: A slow-growth America can’t lead the world

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed this week highlighting the need for economic freedom and financial responsibility. Read more here.

In the News: Economic Freedom Discussed on NBC – Bay Area

Watch Professor Edward Lopez on NBC Bay Area News discussing the recent drop in the United States’ economic freedom ranking.

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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.”

Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives

From Zambia to South Korea, and from Slovakia to Chile, entrepreneurs are improving their lives with the help of economic freedom.

Why do Businesses Lobby?

Watch Professor Diana Thomas explain how our government makes lobbying and corruption a surprisingly profitable investment business.

Fiscal Cliff: Raising Taxes on Middle-Income Americans

The Fiscal Cliff: Raising Taxes on Middle-Income Americans

The U.S. is rapidly approaching the “fiscal cliff”—the deadline for when many tax cuts are set to expire.  Should we raise taxes? Not according to Professor Antony Davies.

Diagnosis Unknown: Healthcare Uncertainty Paralyzes U.S. Entrepreneurs

Increasing health care costs are forcing business owners to make tough decisions. Here about it from one of America’s entrepreneurs.

Economic Freedom in 60 Seconds

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

Consumer Choice in Health Care

The healthcare industry in America can be called many names, but one of them is not “free-market.” Watch this new video on the need for choice in healthcare.

Does Government Spending Create Economic Growth?

If you knew a dollar invested in something would wind up losing more than a dollar, would you consider that a good investment? The government does just that when it starts spending taxpayer and borrowed money.

Rebuilding Joplin

Joplin was struck by an EF5 tornado last May. Afterwards, community members freely and voluntarily worked together to help rebuild the town.

Public Pension Crisis: The Solution

With a public pension crisis looming, what should we do? Tweaking isn’t enough: it’s time for reform. Scott Beaulier explains.

Public Pension Crisis: The Problem

Watch as Scott Beaulier from Troy University breaks down the situation with public pensions and explains why the current system of public pensions is unsustainable and needs reform.

Cronyism in America

Protesters are rightly angry that big corporations and big government are working together to benefit at the expense of everyone else. In this video, three professors discuss the causes and solutions to Cronyism in America.

Episode Two: Economic Freedom in America Today

For years the United States has been a world leader in economic freedom. But runaway government spending and burdensome regulations have caused a decline in economic freedom in the United States. If our economic freedom continues to fall, how will it affect our quality of life?

In the News: Economic Freedom Discussed on NBC – Bay Area

Watch Professor Edward Lopez on NBC Bay Area News discussing the recent drop in the United States’ economic freedom ranking.

How to Create a Job: Creating Value, Not Just Work

With unemployment still above 9 percent, Americans are searching for answers that will lead to quality, lasting jobs.  Past failures of jobs programs show that addressing the symptom instead of the disease has yet to lead to real job growth. Watch this video to learn more.

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.