For much of human history, most individuals have lacked economic freedom and opportunity, condemning them to poverty and deprivation.
Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2020, the principles of economic freedom that have fueled this monumental progress are once again measured in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s No. 1 think tank.
For twenty-six years the Index has delivered thoughtful analysis in a clear, friendly, and straight-forward format. With new resources for users and a website tailored for research and education, the Index of Economic Freedom is poised to help readers track over two decades of the advancement in economic freedom, prosperity, and opportunity and promote these ideas in their homes, schools, and communities.
The Index covers 12 freedoms – from property rights to financial freedom – in 186 countries.
The 2020 Index — the 26th edition—includes:
• Updated economic freedom scores and macroeconomic data for 186 economies.
• Easy-to-read cross-country comparisons that highlight why economic freedom matters.
• Online tools like customized comparison charts and an interactive heat map.
- Country Rankings: See where your country ranks in the Index and compared to its peers, and keep up with political and economic developments on each country’s page.
- Graph the Data: Customize and compare country scores in up to three countries using interactive graphics.
- Explore the Data: Download over 20 years of historical Index data, including macroeconomic indicators, and a regional breakdown of Index scores since 1995.
- Heat Map: Visualize the 2020 Index of Economic Freedom in this stunning and interactive map of the world. Find out how competitive your region is in achieving the ideals of economic freedom.
- Downloads: Download the entire Index of Economic Freedom book, or pick individual chapters, the methodology, or regional maps.
Reprinted with Permission from Heritage Foundation