Judicial Independence and Economic Freedom in the US States

13 Pages Posted: 13 May 2015

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John A. Dove

Troy University - Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

This article addresses the extent to which differences in judicial independence across US states influences economic freedom using the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of North America index. Overall, the results suggest that as judicial independence increases within a state’s court of last resort, so does a state’s overall economic freedom score, along with each of the subcomponent index scores. These findings add important nuances to the literature and provide opportunities for future research.

Keywords: Judicial Independence, Economic Freedom, Credible Commitments, Judicial Selection

JEL Classification: D72, H73, O49

Suggested Citation

Dove, John A., Judicial Independence and Economic Freedom in the US States (May 1, 2015). Applied Economics Letters, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605582

John A. Dove (Contact Author)

Troy University - Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy ( email )

Bibb Graves Hall
Troy, AL 36082
United States

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