Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom

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The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom


The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom scores and ranks 186 countries based on trade freedom, business freedom, investment freedom, and property rights. The Index is computed with 10 qualitative and quantitative factors categorized into four pillars of economic freedom: rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, and market openness. The information below was compiled from responses to AidData’s 2016 GDA Snap Poll, which asked public, private and civil society leaders to answer 11 questions about whether, when, and why they use governance data in their work. A total of 96 participants to the snap poll indicated familiarity with the Index


Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, and Samantha Custer. 2016. In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data “good enough”? Williamsburg, VA. AidData at the College of William & Mary and the Governance Data Alliance.


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