The European Union and Economic Freedom
This paper integrates two growing strains of literature. The first strain looks at the effect of economic and political unions on outcomes such as bond ratings and economic convergence. The second strain looks at the determinants of economic freedom across countries. Building from these two literatures, we investigate the impact of joining the European Union on a countrys economic freedom. Using a panel of countries from 1970 to 2007, we find evidence that joining the European Union increases a countrys economic freedom. Empirically, however, the impact of joining the union on economic freedom is small.
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Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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