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Freedom as the key to prosperity: Lessons from the world's growth miracles and economic disasters

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What do China, Estonia, Germany, India, Chile, South Korea and Slovakia all have in common? They have all enacted free-market reforms, and have seen their inhabitants’ living standards soar as a result. This essay describes how free-market policies have improved economic performance in these “growth miracles.” We will also draw contrasts with the policies adopted by governments in some “economic disasters” – countries that have failed to improve the economic well-being of their populations. The lessons we learn from these comparisons paint a clear picture: A country’s economy performs best when its policies lead to greater economic freedom, limit the role of government, and promote respect for the rule of law.

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  • Hlavac, Marek, 2010. "Freedom as the key to prosperity: Lessons from the world's growth miracles and economic disasters," MPRA Paper 25563, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    economic growth; economic disasters; growth miracles; rule of law; limited government; economic freedom;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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