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The Impact of Economic Freedom on Per Capita Real GDP: A Study of OECD Nation

Cebula, Richard and Clark, J.R. and Mixon, Franklin (2012): The Impact of Economic Freedom on Per Capita Real GDP: A Study of OECD Nation. Published in: Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy , Vol. 43, No. No. 1 (25 May 2013): pp. 34-41.


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This study of the impact of economic freedom on per capita real GDP among OECD nations over the 2003-2006 period, with each OECD nation during this time frame being treated as a de facto “economic region” within the OECD, finds strong initial support for the hypothesis proffered here that the higher the degree of economic freedom, the higher the level of economic activity and hence the higher the per capita real GDP level. In particular, the per capita real GDP level in each of the 30 nations/regions in existence as OECD members over the study period is shown, using fixed-effects PLS estimations, to be an increasing function of business freedom, freedom from corruption, investment freedom, monetary freedom, government size freedom, trade freedom, and property rights freedom.

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