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  • White Paper posted April 4, 2014 by Ryan Olson Using the Index of Economic Freedom: A Practical Guide

    In 2014, the Index of Economic Freedom, co-published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, celebrates its 20th anniversary. For two decades, the Index, by cataloguing economic policy developments of the globe, has served as a beacon for people around the world who recognize enhanced economic liberty and individual opportunity as the surest path to…

  • Special Report posted October 17, 2013 by James M. Roberts, Ryan Olson Time for Brazil to Reject Capital Controls and End Failing Statist Policies

    In 2010, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega fired off the first of a series of rhetorical salvos in what he called the “currency wars.” According to Mantega, serial competitive devaluations by the world’s largest economies aimed at boosting First World exports and monetizing their budget deficits were undermining the health of emerging economies—particularly his…

  • Special Report posted September 11, 2013 by James M. Roberts, Ryan Olson How Economic Freedom Promotes Better Health Care, Education, and Environmental Quality

    No economic system in history has been as successful at lifting people out of poverty as that of capitalism based on principles of economic freedom. Economic freedom has done more for the poor throughout the world than any taxpayer-funded social program or welfare check ever could. The embrace of capitalism and the defeat of serfdom in pre-industrial Europe led to the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 5, 2013 by James M. Roberts, Ryan Olson G20 Leaders Should Address Economic Growth

    When President Obama travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 summit on September 5–6, he will confront an agenda chock full of issues that are not directly relevant to restoring optimal conditions for global economic recovery and growth. Although many pressing geopolitical issues, such as the crisis in Syria, will demand some attention from the gathered heads of…

  • Issue Brief posted July 9, 2013 by Ambassador Terry Miller, Ryan Olson 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 May 24, 2013 by Ryan Olson, Anthony B. Kim Congress Should Query IMF Support for Capital Controls

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently weakened its long-held institutional support for the free flow of capital across national borders. The IMF’s new view, described most clearly in a document entitled “The Liberalization and Management of Capital Flows: An Institutional View,”[1] which was endorsed by the IMF governors in December 2012, is that temporary…

  • Issue Brief posted October 19, 2012 by Ryan Olson, James M. Roberts CARICOM: U.S. Should Push Back Against Chavez in the Caribbean

    The historically pro-American multilateral organization known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been struggling for decades to form a regional “Single Market and Economy” (CSME) to integrate the disparate islands and sub-continental economies of the Caribbean Basin into a common market based on sound democratic institutions and pro-market policies. The obstacles to…

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