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The European Union and Economic Freedom

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  • Hall Joshua C.

    () (Beloit College)

  • Lawson Robert A.

    () (Southern Methodist University)

  • Wogsland Rachael

    () (Beloit College)

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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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  • Hall Joshua C. & Lawson Robert A. & Wogsland Rachael, 2011. "The European Union and Economic Freedom," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 11(3), pages 1-16, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:glecon:v:11:y:2011:i:3:n:7
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    1. Joshua C. Hall, 2016. "Institutional convergence: exit or voice?," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 40(4), pages 829-840, October.
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    3. Ryan H. Murphy, 2016. "Intergovernmental Organisations and Economic Freedom: Wise Technocrats or Black Helicopters?," Economic Affairs, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(2), pages 145-154, June.

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