The Socioeconomic Impact of Economic Freedom
Humanities and Social Sciences, pp. 105-125, 2015
22 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 29, 2015
Regarding economic freedom, research shows that although it has its negative effects, especially in a shorter term, e.g., the phase of increasing inequality, overall trends are indicative that countries with higher levels of economic freedom have not only higher gross domestic product per capita and its growth rates, but also have better health care, education system, environment protection, as well as greater income equality, and maybe above all, happiness results. These trends of increasing prosperity with augmenting economic freedom are confirmed even when one compares these results within the territories of countries.
Keywords: Socioeconomic impact of economic freedom; development through economic freedom; the Index of Economic Freedom
JEL Classification: A14; B12; E22; E61; E62; E63; E66; F43; F63; H50; I00; O34; O52; O57; P14
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