poverty

Poverty

Economic freedom is one of the strongest tools available to fight poverty and is responsible for the greatest advances in reducing poverty over the last century. The economic growth created by increased economic freedom reduces poverty by giving more opportunities to workers and helping them avoid the poverty trap. With economic growth, absolute poverty levels are reduced, as is inequality, as relative poverty levels tend to decline as well.

Poverty

Soybeans

In the News: How the USDA blew millions on Afghan soybeans

The USDA shipped 4,000 tons of soybeans to northern Afghanistan. The catch? Nobody wanted soybeans.

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.

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Florida couple fined, threatened with jail for feeding homeless

Daytona Beach, Florida keeps people from helping the homeless.

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.

In the News: The coming two-tier health system

Is the Affordable Care Act is creating a two-tiered system like those found in some European countries?

Camel

In the News: U.S. taxpayers to spend $400,000 for a camel sculpture in Pakistan

For the American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, the State Department decided to splash out $400,000 on a camel statue.

In the News: America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

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

Infant check-up

In the News: Downton Abbey Makes A Powerful Case For Economic Freedom

Downton Abbey shows how far we’ve come thanks, in no small part, to economic freedom

Soybeans

In the News: How the USDA blew millions on Afghan soybeans

The USDA shipped 4,000 tons of soybeans to northern Afghanistan. The catch? Nobody wanted soybeans.

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.

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Florida couple fined, threatened with jail for feeding homeless

Daytona Beach, Florida keeps people from helping the homeless.

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.

In the News: The coming two-tier health system

Is the Affordable Care Act is creating a two-tiered system like those found in some European countries?

Camel

In the News: U.S. taxpayers to spend $400,000 for a camel sculpture in Pakistan

For the American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, the State Department decided to splash out $400,000 on a camel statue.

In the News: America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

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

Infant check-up

In the News: Downton Abbey Makes A Powerful Case For Economic Freedom

Downton Abbey shows how far we’ve come thanks, in no small part, to economic freedom

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.

Fantasy Football

In the News: Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money

Professional and college teams receive hundreds of millions of dollars in government handouts.

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.

San Francisco Skyline

In the News: San Francisco Rent Control Pricing Poor Out of the City

San Francisco’s rent control policies are making the city’s housing shortage worse.

Christmas morning

In the News: Businesses Fined For Putting Up Toys For Tots Signs

Some Floridian businesses have been slapped with fines—because they tried to spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate.

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!

Mother and baby

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.

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?

guy playing video games

In the News: Welfare Can Make More Sense Than Work

For some Connecticut welfare recipients, work simply doesn’t pay.

In the News: Young Family Ordered to Tear Down Their “Hobbit Home”

In the U.K., a young couple has been ordered to demolish their unique home.

Cherry pie

In the News: The Rich, and Everyone Else, Get Richer

When the the income of the richest Americans grows, so, too, does the wealth of Americans across all income levels.

Dominican Republic Presidential Palace

In the News: America’s New Foreign Aid: Welfare Fraud

The Dominican Republic has become a hub for New York City’s welfare fraudsters.

African boy

In the News: Helping ‘Friends’ or Helping the Poor?

Unfortunately, acts of charity can serve as a front for selfish interests. U.S. foreign food aid is one example.

Economic Freedom in the 50 States Mercatus

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.

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.

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Homeless Houston Veteran in Houston Ticketed by Police for Dumpster Diving in Search of Food

Why is Houston impeding the hungry from getting food?

woman in NYC

In the News: Rent and the Single Girl

The glamour of New York City is something many young adults are willing to make sacrifices to be a part of.

Reusable Grocery Bags

In the News: Louisiana Forces Homeless Shelter to Destroy $8,000 Worth of Deer Meat

Why did $8000 worth of donated food get destroyed?

red carpet

The Best of the Liberty Video Awards

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

red carpet

Economic Freedom’s Most Humorous

Check out the nominations for Most Humorous video.

red carpet

Economic Freedom’s Best Lesson in Economics

Revealed today: the nominations for Best Lesson in Economics.

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Economic Freedom’s Best Docu-mini

Revealed today: the nominations for Best Docu-mini.

red carpet

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.

cell phone

In the News: Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

Cell phone bills can take a chunk out of your budget in part because you are also paying for other people’s chatting habits.

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.

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.

Poor girl holding a help sign

In the News: The Good Samaritan Effect: The Virtuous Cycle of Private Charity

Regulation and bureaucracy of centrally administered government programs impede help from getting to those-in-need.

Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

In the News: This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit

Roger Kimball is still living in a temporary residence more than two months after Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast. Can you guess why?

Liberty's Library

Liberty’s Library

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

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.

News

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?

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!”

Inflation

In the News: Sometimes Government’s Biggest Tax Bite is Out of the Poor

There’s one “tax” that will likely increase regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff—inflation. Click to find out more!

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.

Let Them Own Land! The Pilgrims’ Story

The Pilgrims struggling to survive at Plymouth Plantation learned the importance of economic freedom first-hand. What can we learn from America’s early settlers?

Cat_tired of politics

Tired of Politics?

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

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.

The US Chained in Debt and Deficit Spending

In the News: Uncle Sam’s $1 Trillion Deficits and a New (Fiscal) Year Resolutions

The US Government has marked its fourth straight year of $1 trillion in deficit spending. Time for a New (Fiscal) Year’s resolution?

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.

What’s Your Lifetime Share of the National Debt?

Yesterday the national debt surpassed $16  Trillion. Curious about what that’s going to cost you? Check out our debt calculator to figure out what your share in the national debt is.

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.

In the News: Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes

Government officials in Camden, NJ are scrapping it’s unionized police force in order to reign in out-of-control spending. How will that affect the town’s safety? Click to find out!

News

In the News: Penniless in Paradise

The bankruptcy of San Bernardino, CA, has captured national attention for the past few weeks, but for many, the city is simply a name on a map. Kevin D. Williamson, in his article for the National Review, reports on San Bernardino, and tells the fuller story. What was once a prosperous California city is now becoming […]

Winners in Free Trade

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

News

In the News: Report Details Threats to States’ Fiscal Health

A new report put out by the State Budget Crisis Task Force casts light on the budgetary plights many states are facing.

News

In the News: The Founders and Modern Challenges

In his latest piece for UPI.com, Antony Davies points out similarities between the challenges our founding fathers faced and those facing our country now.

Mama Knows Best!

Happy Mother’s Day1 How can you help ensure that your kids will have the opportunity to grow up and live happy and healthy lives? Be a choosy mom. Choose economic freedom.

News

In the News: More Economic Freedom Translates into Less Poverty

Israel Ortega from the Heritage Foundation recently wrote an article on Fox News Latino about how economic freedom means less poverty, and then looked specifically at several Latin American countries.

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.

So, Is That My Corn or Yours?

The Pilgrims struggling to survive at Plymouth Plantation learned the importance of economic freedom first-hand. What can we learn from America’s early settlers?

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.

Profits and Protests: Are the “Occupiers” Correct?

If we want profits to signal value as determined by the people, we need to ensure that a free market system is in place so that the profit and loss mechanism appropriately rewards those who contribute value to society.

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.

Would you rather be poor in the United States, or poor in Zimbabwe?

If you’re like most people, your answer is probably, “neither.”  Isn’t poor … well … poor?  Does it really matter which country I am in? The answer is, yes. The lives of the poor vary greatly from country to country. In fact, according to statistics from the World Bank, the poorest citizens in countries that ranked among the […]

Soybeans

In the News: How the USDA blew millions on Afghan soybeans

The USDA shipped 4,000 tons of soybeans to northern Afghanistan. The catch? Nobody wanted soybeans.

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.

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Florida couple fined, threatened with jail for feeding homeless

Daytona Beach, Florida keeps people from helping the homeless.

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.

In the News: The coming two-tier health system

Is the Affordable Care Act is creating a two-tiered system like those found in some European countries?

Camel

In the News: U.S. taxpayers to spend $400,000 for a camel sculpture in Pakistan

For the American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, the State Department decided to splash out $400,000 on a camel statue.

In the News: America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

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

Infant check-up

In the News: Downton Abbey Makes A Powerful Case For Economic Freedom

Downton Abbey shows how far we’ve come thanks, in no small part, to economic freedom

Fantasy Football

In the News: Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money

Professional and college teams receive hundreds of millions of dollars in government handouts.

San Francisco Skyline

In the News: San Francisco Rent Control Pricing Poor Out of the City

San Francisco’s rent control policies are making the city’s housing shortage worse.

Christmas morning

In the News: Businesses Fined For Putting Up Toys For Tots Signs

Some Floridian businesses have been slapped with fines—because they tried to spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate.

Mother and baby

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.

guy playing video games

In the News: Welfare Can Make More Sense Than Work

For some Connecticut welfare recipients, work simply doesn’t pay.

In the News: Young Family Ordered to Tear Down Their “Hobbit Home”

In the U.K., a young couple has been ordered to demolish their unique home.

Economic Freedom Video

Learn More About Economic Freedom

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

Cherry pie

In the News: The Rich, and Everyone Else, Get Richer

When the the income of the richest Americans grows, so, too, does the wealth of Americans across all income levels.

Dominican Republic Presidential Palace

In the News: America’s New Foreign Aid: Welfare Fraud

The Dominican Republic has become a hub for New York City’s welfare fraudsters.

African boy

In the News: Helping ‘Friends’ or Helping the Poor?

Unfortunately, acts of charity can serve as a front for selfish interests. U.S. foreign food aid is one example.

Economic Freedom in the 50 States Mercatus

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.

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Homeless Houston Veteran in Houston Ticketed by Police for Dumpster Diving in Search of Food

Why is Houston impeding the hungry from getting food?

woman in NYC

In the News: Rent and the Single Girl

The glamour of New York City is something many young adults are willing to make sacrifices to be a part of.

Reusable Grocery Bags

In the News: Louisiana Forces Homeless Shelter to Destroy $8,000 Worth of Deer Meat

Why did $8000 worth of donated food get destroyed?

cell phone

In the News: Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

Cell phone bills can take a chunk out of your budget in part because you are also paying for other people’s chatting habits.

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.

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.

Poor girl holding a help sign

In the News: The Good Samaritan Effect: The Virtuous Cycle of Private Charity

Regulation and bureaucracy of centrally administered government programs impede help from getting to those-in-need.

Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

In the News: This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit

Roger Kimball is still living in a temporary residence more than two months after Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast. Can you guess why?

News

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?

Inflation

In the News: Sometimes Government’s Biggest Tax Bite is Out of the Poor

There’s one “tax” that will likely increase regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff—inflation. Click to find out 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”.

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.

The US Chained in Debt and Deficit Spending

In the News: Uncle Sam’s $1 Trillion Deficits and a New (Fiscal) Year Resolutions

The US Government has marked its fourth straight year of $1 trillion in deficit spending. Time for a New (Fiscal) Year’s resolution?

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.”

In the News: Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes

Government officials in Camden, NJ are scrapping it’s unionized police force in order to reign in out-of-control spending. How will that affect the town’s safety? Click to find out!

News

In the News: Penniless in Paradise

The bankruptcy of San Bernardino, CA, has captured national attention for the past few weeks, but for many, the city is simply a name on a map. Kevin D. Williamson, in his article for the National Review, reports on San Bernardino, and tells the fuller story. What was once a prosperous California city is now becoming […]

News

In the News: Report Details Threats to States’ Fiscal Health

A new report put out by the State Budget Crisis Task Force casts light on the budgetary plights many states are facing.

News

In the News: The Founders and Modern Challenges

In his latest piece for UPI.com, Antony Davies points out similarities between the challenges our founding fathers faced and those facing our country now.

News

In the News: Tornado Recovery – How Joplin Is Beating Tuscaloosa

Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama were both hit by devastating tornadoes last spring, but while Joplin is making a stunning comeback, Tuscaloosa continues to struggle. Read to find out how economic freedom is impacting their progress.

News

In the News: More Economic Freedom Translates into Less Poverty

Israel Ortega from the Heritage Foundation recently wrote an article on Fox News Latino about how economic freedom means less poverty, and then looked specifically at several Latin American countries.

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.”

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.

Half Your Halloween

This is why you don’t want go trick or treating with Uncle Sam.

Economic Freedom in 60 Seconds

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

Rebuilding Joplin

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

Economic Freedom & Income Equality

What if we had an “opportunity society” where poor people could become middle-income and rich, and even own their own businesses?

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.