Index of Economic Freedom Comparison Tool from

Guest post by Jonny Kintzele 


For over a decade, The Heritage Foundation, one of Washington D..C’s most prestigious think tanks, partnered with the Wall Street Journal to track the march of economic freedom around the globe with the influential Index of Economic Freedom.


Using FindTheData’s comparison platform, the information has been presented in a user-friendly, easily navigable comparison resource of every country’s score received by the Index of Economic Freedom.


The overall score is a combination of a number of Freedom scores, including anything from Business Freedom and Investment Freedom, to Labor Freedom and Freedom from Corruption. Each of these scores are a product of pure quantitative data such as level of taxation, and lesser index ratings such as the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). FindTheData presents an explanation of each one in their Guide tab attached to the comparison.


The tool allows direct, side-by-side comparisons of up to 10 countries. Each index score is worth exploring and toying with. Hong Kong and Singapore top the list for Overall Freedom Score, the United States is hampered by their amount of government spending, and a low Fiscal Freedom Score hurts the Netherlands. I recommend investigating other interesting data points displayed on the Index.


Here’s a link to it, take a look for yourself: Index of Economic Freedom.


Jonny Kintzele is a student intern for FindTheBest, the parent site of FindTheData.

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Professor of International Law at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University. Previously, he was a lecturer of Public International Law at Utrecht University, Senior Research Associate with the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), and researcher with the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL). He is also a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University, Xiamen University’s China International Water Law Programme (China), the China Institute for Boundary and Ocean Studies of Wuhan University (China), the Law School of the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai (China), the Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy), and the Association pour la promotion des droits de l'homme en Afrique centrale (APDHAC) of the Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Yaoundé, Cameroon). Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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