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Jan 12

The NEW Index of Economic Freedom

Van Andel Center, The Heritage Foundation
Lunch will be provided

It is a puzzle almost as old as society itself: Why do some economies grow year after year while others remain mired in stagnation? Is there a secret to prosperity? Can others copy it?

There is, and they can, say the editors of the 2004 Index of Economic Freedom. The evidence assembled in this 10th annual country-by-country report on the openness of economies worldwide shows that the road to growth is paved with liberty.

The Index, published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, has long documented that the nations with the most economic freedom are also the most prosperous. Those with the best scores in the 10 categories measured--trade policy, fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking and finance, wages and prices, property rights, regulation and informal (or black) market activity--enjoy higher standards of living and higher per capita incomes.

To learn more about this important and exciting message, come hear Ana Eiras as she outlines this year's findings and explains the lessons they contain.

RSVP by Thursday, January 8th to Susie Brown, Deputy Executive Branch Liaison at Susie.Brown@heritage.org or (202) 608-6058

More About the Speakers

Ana Eiras

Senior Policy Analyst on International Economics at The Heritage Foundation and senior author of the Index of Economic Freedom.