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2015 Index of Economic Freedom



2015 Index of Economic Freedom

For much of human history, most individuals have lacked economic freedom and opportunity, condemning them to poverty and deprivation.

Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2015, the principles of economic freedom that have fueled this monumental progress are once again measured in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s No. 1 think tank.

For over twenty years the Index has delivered thoughtful analysis in a clear, friendly, and straight-forward format. With new resources for users and a website tailored for research and education, the Index of Economic Freedom is poised to help readers track over two decades of the advancement in economic freedom, prosperity, and opportunity and promote these ideas in their homes, schools, and communities.

The Index covers 10 freedoms – from property rights to entrepreneurship – in 186 countries.

1Hong Kong 89.6-0.54
2Singapore 89.40.05
3New Zealand 82.1+0.9
4Australia 81.4-0.6
5Switzerland 80.5-1.1

12United States76.2+0.7

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