The Human Freedom Index

from CATO Institute,

The index published here presents a broad measure of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. It uses 76 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the following areas:

■ Rule of Law ■ Security and Safety ■ Movement ■ Religion ■ Association, Assembly, and Civil Society ■ Expression ■ Relationships ■ Size of Government ■ Legal System and Property Rights ■ Access to Sound Money ■ Freedom to Trade Internationally ■ Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business

The Human Freedom Index (HFI) is the most comprehensive freedom index so far created for a globally meaningful set of countries. The HFI covers 152 countries for 2012, the most recent year for which sufficient data is available. The index ranks countries beginning in 2008, the earliest year for which a robust enough index could be produced. This preliminary report will be updated (using data for 2013) and subsequently presented and updated on a yearly basis.

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