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  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Hong Kong Declines, but Remains the World's Freest Economy, 2015 Index of Economic Freedom Shows

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, though “a higher level of perceived corruption” pulled its score to within two-tenths of a point of runner-up Singapore. The Index—published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation—this year shows significant improvement in the Asia-Pacific…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Declines Slightly in North America

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The United States finally halted its five-year slide in the rankings of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, rising by 0.7 points in the 2015 edition, but retaining its No. 12 ranking among the world’s economies. North America is still the world’s freest region. Yet Canada, which has led the region since 2010, lost 1.1 points last year and slid…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Rises Slightly in Middle East/North Africa

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The average level of economic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa remains about the same as last year, with economic and political policies that hamper development prevalent in the region, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Structural and institutional…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Expands in Europe, but Mounting “Policy Barriers” to Growth Persist

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Europe became more economically free last year, but factors such as costly labor regulations and high tax burdens are stifling its progress, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. The vast majority of the region’s economies are at least “moderately free” by Index…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Economic Freedom Declines in Central, South America, 2015 Index Shows

    Venezuela slides most in region; Chile remains 7th in world ranking   WASHINGTON,  JAN. 27, 2015—The South and Central America/Caribbean region became less economically free last year, reversing some of its latest gains and making it one of two regions to decline in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation.…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 2015 Index of Economic Freedom: Global Economic Freedom Expands, Only Two Regions Decline

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The world economy is “moderately free,” with a slight rise in economic liberty leading to a third annual global increase, according to the editors of the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, released today by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The world average score of 60.4 is only one-tenth of a point above the 2014 average, but…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Expands in Many Parts of Sub-Saharan Africa

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Sub-Saharan Africa’s overall level of economic freedom remains low, yet the region experienced the most widespread improvement over the last year, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Sub-Saharan Africa lacks a “free” economy, and is home to only one classified as…

  • News Releases on December 16, 2014 Philanthropist To Donate ‘Eight-Figure’ Gift To The Heritage Foundation And Heritage Action For America For New “E.W. Richardson American Leadership Building” on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 16, 2014 – Retired Austin, Texas, radiologist Patrice K. Richardson, M.D., and several members of her family will honor her late father, E.W. “Rich” Richardson, with an eight-figure gift to The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC, the prominent think tank announced today. The gift will be used to advance the missions of both Heritage and its…

  • News Releases on December 10, 2014 Heritage Foundation Names Spencer VP for Institute of Economic Freedom & Opportunity as Morgan Tapped to Lead Sen. Sasse Office

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014—The Heritage Foundation has promoted Jack Spencer to serve as Vice President for the Institute of Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Spencer had previously served as Director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. In his new position, Spencer will oversee all of the think tank’s research on economic issues, which…

  • News Releases on November 12, 2014 Heritage Manager Recognized for Support of Democracy Abroad

    Washington, November 12, 2014 – The Republic of Poland recognized James Dean of The Heritage Foundation Friday, November 7, for his "outstanding contribution to the building of democratic society and democratic institutions” during Independence Day celebrations at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Dean, who is Manager of International and Diplomatic Programs at the…

  • News Releases on July 24, 2014 Heritage Mourns Loss of John Blundell

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014— Statement on the death of John Blundell, former executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, who died on Tuesday, July 22.  “All of us at Heritage were deeply saddened to learn of John Blundell’s passing,’ said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “John was a tremendous believer in the Transatlantic Partnership,…

  • News Releases on July 23, 2014 Heritage Foundation Releases First Annual “Index of Culture and Opportunity”

    Washington, DC, July 23, 2014—Numerous social and economic trends are at work, shaping and re-shaping America.  And now they’re being tracked—in the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. The Index tracks 31 cultural and economic indicators—from the marriage rate and religious…

  • News Releases on July 4, 2014 Heritage Mourns Loss of Richard Scaife

    WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014—Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Founder Edwin J. Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of newspaper publisher Richard Scaife: Richard Scaife dedicated his adult life to the conservative cause. Heritage is especially indebted to him for his years of leadership and service as vice chairman of our board of…

  • News Releases on May 6, 2014 Heritage Mourns Loss of Gary Becker

    WASHINGTON, MAY 6, 2014—Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Founder Edwin J. Feulner today issued the following statement on the May 3 death of Nobel laureate and American economist Gary Becker: Obituaries of our late friend and advisor, Professor Gary Becker, have typically described him as a “world class economist,” a Nobel Laureate in Economics. Yes,…

  • News Releases on April 7, 2014 Heritage Foundation Hires John M. Mitnick as General Counsel

    Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014—The Heritage Foundation has hired John M. Mitnick as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. Mitnick serves as Heritage’s chief legal officer in the nonprofit think tank’s senior management team, advising on and overseeing all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for Heritage and its related organizations. Among his…