Backgrounder posted December 21, 2015
2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits
The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world, included by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, confirm that citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. The data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a variety of…
Issue Brief posted July 23, 2014
U.N. Repeating Past Mistakes in New Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nation General Assembly is poised to adopt a new set of development criteria called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September. The SDGs are intended to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of 2015. Like the MDGs, the SDGs will involve a number of objectives that will be used by the U.N. to guide and measure…
Issue Brief posted July 9, 2013
Punitive Trade Sanctions on Bangladesh Not the Way to Improve Labor Conditions
In response to poor labor conditions in Bangladesh, the Obama Administration has moved to unilaterally impose trade sanctions by removing the country’s privileges under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). These actions follow two prominent workplace tragedies that have killed over 1,200 Bangladeshi workers in the past year.
While these tragedies are horrific, the…
Issue Brief posted April 18, 2013
Promoting Economic Freedom: Key to Realizing the World Bank’s Mission
In an April 2 speech, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim set out the ambitious goal of ending extreme poverty within a generation. Outlining a bold development agenda in advance of the World Bank–IMF spring meetings from April 19 to 21, Kim emphasized the importance of fostering “inclusive growth” and building “a science of delivery for development.”
The search for a…
Special Report posted October 25, 2012
2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom
Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…
Issue Brief posted September 24, 2012
Top Five Statements Obama Should Make to U.N.
On September 25, President Obama will address the U.N. General Assembly. With anti-American protests continuing throughout the Islamic world and setbacks to key U.S. foreign policy goals, the President should deliver a strong, confident speech that reflects America’s determination to defend its interests and serve as a constructive force for good.
Backgrounder posted September 12, 2012
Trade Freedom: How Imports Support U.S. Jobs
It is a common misperception that importing goods to America comes at the cost of American jobs. In fact, imports contribute to job creation on a large scale. The increased economic activity associated with every stage of the import process helps support millions of jobs in the U.S. This Heritage Foundation analysis shows that over half a million American…