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How much economic freedom is necessary for economic growth? Theory and evidence

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  • Morris Altman

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    (University of Saskatchewan)

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The hypothesis that economic freedom and related variables are significant determinants of real per capita income and growth is critically evaluated. Economic freedom is found necessary for higher levels of per capita income and growth largely in terms of threshold effects as opposed to persistent marginal effects. More economic freedom does not appear to yield higher levels of per capita income. And securing particular levels of economic freedom does not guarantee higher levels of per capita income or growth. Secure private property rights is found to be a most significant positive causal variable as is sound money, whereas moderate amounts of labor regulation and big government are not found to be bad for the economy. Also, good corporate governance, in addition to economic freedom, is of considerable import. Unlike most studies, traditional statistical methods are supplemented by graphical analysis in an effort to determine threshold values for economic freedom and its components.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1-20

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07o10037

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  1. Joshua Hall & Robert Lawson, 2008. "Theory and evidence on economic freedom and economic growth: A comment," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(18), pages 1-6.
  2. Czeglédi, Pál, 2009. "A tulajdonjogi biztonság szerepe a technológia elterjedésében
    [The role of property-law security in the spread of technology]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(9), pages 790-813.

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