How CATO ranks Human vs Economic Freedom


The CATO institute is a pretty right wing/libertarian think tank closely associated with the Koch brothers.

Each year they present a study to measure human freedom per country. The ranking takes 79 distinct indicators grouped by human and economic freedom. This ranking is clearly influenced by their thinking/values, for example a small "size of government" increases your freedom ranking, this is debatable. Nonetheless its interesting to understand how they view "freedom" around the world.

Human Freedom

Here they describe human freedom as "a social concept that recognizes the dignity of individuals and is defined here as negative liberty or the absence of coercive constraint".

The list of human indice used to measure the human freedom by CATO inst. are: rule of law - justice in law, security and safety, Movement - freedom to travel for foreign, and domestic trips & safety for women, religious freedom, freedom for Association, assembly and civil society, expression and information - members of the press killed or jailed, freedom of access to information, and identity and relationship.

Economic Freedom

The CATO inst. bases the main foundation of an economic freedom on the capacity of personal choice, voluntary exchange, and open markets. It measures those principles depending on the level of economic regulation - business regulation, labor market regulation, freedom to trade, money - inflations, money growth, movement of capital and people, legal system and prop rights and size of Government.

Here follows a graph showing the level of human freedom and economic freedom by country.

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