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On the Measurement of Comparative Economic Freedom across Nations

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  • Jac C. Heckelman

    (Department of Economics, Wake Forest University, U.S.A.)

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The measurement of economic freedom is discussed. One particular set of freedom indi-ces developed by Heritage Foundation is detailed, including how the indices are constructed and potential problems in the methodological design. Comparisons are made for the different levels of freedom individual nations and regions achieve.

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  • Jac C. Heckelman, 2002. "On the Measurement of Comparative Economic Freedom across Nations," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 1(3), pages 251-261, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:1:y:2002:i:3:p:251-261
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    1. Craig A. Depken, II & Robert J. Sonora, 2005. "Asymmetric Effects of Economic Freedom on International Trade Flows," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 4(2), pages 141-155, August.

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    Keywords

    economic freedom; methodology;

    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General

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