The 21st edition of the Index of Economic Freedom (www.heritage.org/index) evaluates economic conditions and government policies in 186 countries. Since its inception in 1995, the Index, an annual cross-country analysis by The Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, has tracked the progress of economic freedom around the globe and measured the impact of advancing economic liberty.
Like its predecessors, the 2015 Index provides ample evidence of dynamic gains from greater economic freedom, both for individuals and for societies. There is no single formula for overcoming challenges to economic development and maintaining prosperity, but one thing is clear: Around the world, governments that respect and promote economic freedom provide greater opportunities for innovation, progress, and human flourishing.
As the 2015 Index shows, the precipitous decline of America’s economic freedom since 2008 has been arrested. However, the United States remains stuck in the 12th spot globally. Continuing to trail such comparable economies as New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada, America remains only “mostly free” as it has since 2010.
Join us to examine the link between economic freedom and opportunity and for a discussion of recommendations for how best to regain America’s lost economic freedom.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
The Honorable Jim DeMint
President, The Heritage Foundation
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
2015 Index Editors and Contributors
Vice President, the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity