Economic Freedom and Happiness

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Daniel Gropper

Auburn University - Harbert College of Business

Robert A. Lawson

Auburn University - Department of Finance

Jere Tuttle Thorne

Auburn University

Date Written: July 15, 2011

Abstract

That liberty is necessary for greater happiness and a better life is a notion deeply rooted in the American sensibility. But is there a link between greater freedom and greater happiness across countries? In this article we explore this question by examining the empirical relationship between liberty, as measured by economic freedom, and happiness across more than 100 countries.

Keywords: happiness research, happiness study, global economic freedom, economic freedom by country comparison, free markets, capitalism

JEL Classification: P10, P17

Suggested Citation

Gropper, Daniel and Lawson, Robert A. and Thorne, Jere Tuttle, Economic Freedom and Happiness (July 15, 2011). Cato Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2251393

Daniel Gropper

Auburn University - Harbert College of Business ( email )

415 Magnolia Ave.
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

Robert A. Lawson (Contact Author)

Auburn University - Department of Finance ( email )

Auburn, AL 36849
United States

Jere Tuttle Thorne

Auburn University ( email )

415 West Magnolia Avenue
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

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