Cohen, Joseph N (2011): Is “economic freedom” the same as free market capitalism? A decompositional analysis of the Economic Freedom of the World index.
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The Frasier Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World is often taken as a metric of market capitalism, and relationships between the index and macroeconomic outcomes are presented as signaling the consequences of free markets. This paper warns analysts that the index may be conflating three distinct concepts: free markets, good governance and price stability. Analysts should remain cognizant of this conceptual conflation when using the index to develop policy prescriptions.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Is “economic freedom” the same as free market capitalism? A decompositional analysis of the Economic Freedom of the World index.|
|Keywords:||Economic Freedom, Neoliberalism, Capitalism, Laissez Faire, Governance, Measurement, Economic Policy, Economic Development|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
P - Economic Systems > P5 - Comparative Economic Systems
P - Economic Systems > P1 - Capitalist Systems
|Depositing User:||Joseph N. Cohen|
|Date Deposited:||23. Sep 2011 22:42|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 10:14|
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