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The Human Freedom Index 2020
— Dec 17, 2020
This year’s Human Freedom Index, which spotlights 162 countries, measures personal freedom—which includes freedom of movement, speech, assembly and religion—alongside economic freedom, the ability of individuals to make their own economic decisions without government or crony interference. New Zealand tops this year’s freedom index followed by Switzerland, Hong Kong, Denmark and Australia. The five least-free countries are (in descending order) Iran, Yemen, Venezuela, Sudan and Syria. Rankings for other significant countries include Canada (6th), Germany (9th), the United Kingdom and the United States (tied for 17th).
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Economic Freedom of North America 2020
— Nov 17, 2020
This year's annual Economic Freedom of North America report, which measures government spending, taxation, labour market restrictions and other economic indicators, spotlights the 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states.
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report
— Sep 10, 2020
Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government, legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year’s report, which compares 162 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one and Canada (9th) trails the United States (6th).
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An Open Letter to the People of Hong Kong
— Jul 3, 2020
An international group of think tanks from 35 nations and territories from around the world has penned an open letter condemning the actions of the Communist Party of China and supporting the people of Hong Kong. On Tuesday, China’s National People’s Congress passed its controversial national security law, which violates Hong Kong’s Basic Law and encroaches on the city’s freedoms and liberties. The letter, which details Hong Kong’s success since the Second World War in becoming one of the most prosperous, entrepreneurial, and freest places on earth, is signed by 37 member organizations of the Economic Freedom of the World Network, which is led by Canada’s Fraser Institute.
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Women's Economic Rights—What's Changed and Why Does It Matter?
— Mar 5, 2020

Women's Economic Rights—What's Changed and Why Does It Matter? is a new study that highlights how women benefit when they enjoy the same economic rights as men, and tracks changes in economic freedom for women around the world from 2016 to 2018, the most recent year of comparable data. During that time, 83 countries improved women’s economic rights, while 54 countries imposed greater restrictions on women’s economic freedom.
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The Human Freedom Index 2019
— Dec 18, 2019
The Human Freedom Index, 2019 finds that New Zealand is again the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong. Canada ranks 4th globally, and the United States ranks 15th in this year’s report. The index ranks 162 countries and jurisdictions based on 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms and is a joint project with the Cato Institute in the U.S. and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
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Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2019 Annual Report
— Dec 18, 2019
Jordan is the most economically-free nation in the Arab world, followed by Bahrain and the U.A.E., according to the Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2019 Annual Report, co-published by the Fraser Institute, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty and the International Research Foundation. This report compares and ranks 22 Arab nations in five areas of economic freedom: size of government, including expenditures, taxes and enterprises; commercial and economic law and security of property rights; access to sound money; freedom to trade internationally; and regulation of credit, labour and business.
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Recent Economic Freedom Commentaries and Blog Posts
For freedom’s sake, rate Hong Kong
Michael Walker, Fred McMahon
Appeared in the Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2021
The Heritage Foundation has dropped Hong Kong from its 2021 Index of Economic Freedom.
Hope springs eternal for freedom worldwide
Fred McMahon
The Chinese Communist Party has intensified its attack on freedom at home and abroad.
Deep flaw in EU architecture can erase pro-market reforms
Fred McMahon
The European Union enjoyed its pinnacle of influence after the Soviet Union collapsed.
Atlantic provinces addiction to big government suppresses economic growth
Fred McMahon
Appeared in the Bluenose Bulletin, December 4, 2020
Sweden compensates for its big government with an open free-market economy and business-friendly laws.
EFNA Network Zooms Ahead
Alan Dowd
Appeared in Fraser Insight, Winter 2021
Dozens of members and partners of the
Provinces should remove trade barriers to accelerate economic recovery
Jake Fuss
Eliminating trade barriers would decrease prices and raise household incomes.
New Brunswick’s waning economic freedom part of region-wide crisis
Fred McMahon
Appeared in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, November 23, 2020
In 2019, government spending equaled a remarkable 55 per cent of Atlantic Canada's economy.
Alberta’s multiple crises include waning economic freedom
Fred McMahon
Appeared in the Calgary Sun, November 18, 2020
This fiscal year, Alberta projects a historic budget deficit of $24.2 billion.
China’s attack on Hong Kong’s freedom must be fully exposed
Fred McMahon
Appeared in the Calgary Sun, October 14, 2020
Hong Kong’s score in our report will surely decline due to increased aggression from China.
Economic freedom under threat globally
Fred McMahon
Appeared in National Newswatch, September 10, 2020
Hong Kong is now thoroughly under the thumb of the freedom-hating Chinese Communist Party.
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