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Major Benefits of Free Trade

Created on November 6, 2014

Major Benefits of Free Trade

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Read the original report, "Why Trade Matters and How to Unleash It: Trade Rankings from the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom," by Bryan Riley and Terry Miller.

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The nations of the world are divided into three groups based on their trade freedom score in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom. The chart below shows that nations with more trade freedom also have stronger economies, less hunger, and better treatment of the environment.

Note: Global Hunger Index rounds scores less than five up to five. Source: Heritage Foundation calculations from the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom (forthcoming January 2015).

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Tags: economic-freedom, trade, environment, hunger, economy