Countries With More Debt Are More Likely to Be Unfree or Repressed
Created on January 18, 2012
60 or below: “Mostly Unfree” or “Repressed”
Public Debt as a Percentage of GDP
Economic Freedom, 2002–2011
Sources: Terry Miller, Kim R. Holmes, and Edwin J. Feulner, 2012 Index of Economic Freedom (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation and Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 2012), at www.heritage.org/index; International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases, at http://www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=28 (November 16, 2011); and International Monetary Fund, “A Historical Public Debt Database,” at http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.cfm?sk=24332.0 (November 16, 2011).