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    North Korean Economic Freedom: How Low Can You Go?

    While we are moving into spring, North Korean leaders have decided to stay out in the cold of economic isolationism. In a move sure to solidify its position in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, North Korea signaled April 1 that it would gradually terminate its experiment with free … More

    To Cut Unemployment, Opt for Economic Freedom

    The Fundacion para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales of Spain recently sponsored presentations on the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom (www.heritage.org/index) in Madrid and Barcelona. Discussion centered on Spain’s 18 percent unemployment rate, the highest in Europe, and its labor market regulations that are among the most severe in … More

    Time to Reverse Canada’s Sharp Competitive Edge against the U.S.

    Early this year, the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, the Heritage Foundation’s data driven policy guide, reported that our economy is no longer in the top tier of economically free countries.  Worse, still, we slipped behind our northern neighbor Canada for the first time in the Index history. This disappointing … More

    Declining Economic Dynamism in the Euro Zone…. A warning for the U.S.

    The eleven year old euro zone, the world’s second largest economy after the U.S., confronts a cold reality: its members lost economic vitality over the euro’s first decade, as shown in this WSJ chart. The WSJ reports: [The] appetite for structural overhaul is low among Europeans, who have long believed … More

    A European Jobs Strategy That Isn't Even Hopeful

    Tomorrow, the European Union will unveil its Europe 2020 strategy, designed to make Europe the most competitive, dynamic, knowledge-based economy by 2020. If the slogan appears familiar, that’s because it is. In 2000, the EU launched its Lisbon Agenda, to make Europe the most competitive, dynamic, knowledge-based economy by 2010. … More

    The Road to Recovery: Restore Economic Liberty to America

    At The Huffington Post Nelson Davis, Executive Producer of MAKING IT! Minority Success Stories, describes his recent discovery of The Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. He came across the Index for the first time this year and while surprised by the results—showing a decrease in economic freedom in … More

    Rising Red Tape Erodes Economic Freedom in United States

    Red tape – rules, regulations, restrictions and mandates imposed on America – rose alarmingly in 2009, mirroring the overall decline in economic freedom in the United States, as reported in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom. That’s the conclusion of an upcoming Heritage Foundation report detailing trends in federal regulation. … More

    Why China’s Economic and Military Growth Does Not Mean World Leadership

    Despite China’s 8.7 percent economic growth last year, double-digit annual increases in defense spending since the early 1990s, and holding $800 billion in U.S. treasuries, it is far from overtaking the U.S. role as global leader.  Its closed economy, undervalued currency, and state-controlled exports keep getting in the way. In … More

    No More Talking Points - It's Time for Economic Freedom

    Last week, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke delivered a speech at the National Press Club titled “Back to Basics: A Blueprint for Exports-Driven Job Growth,” and remarked that “[President Obama’s National Export Initiative] will correct an economic blind spot that has allowed other countries to chip away at America’s international … More

    U.S. Overtakes Russia in Gas Output

    As Bloomberg reports, during 2009 U.S. natural gas output grew 3.7 percent to an estimated 624 billion cubic meters (bcm), while the Russian production dropped by 12 percent to an estimated 582 bcm. So much for Russian plans to become an energy juggernaut. Russia is still a major player in … More