Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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No 4: The Benefits of Economic Freedom: A Survey

Niclas Berggren
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Niclas Berggren: The Ratio Institute, Postal: P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: A new empirical field of research in economics shows that policies characterized by economic freedom produce economic growth. “Economic freedom” means such things as a small government, protection of private property, a well-functioning legal system, free competition and few regulations. The field also shows that under certain conditions, economic freedom improves income equality.

Keywords: Economic freedom; Economic growth; Equality; Freedom index

JEL-codes: F43; O10; O40; P00

30 pages, April 9, 2003

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