Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom (Paperback)

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Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom (Paperback)

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Freedom in the 50 States is one of the most comprehensive and definitive sources on how public policies in each American state impact an individual's economic, social, and personal freedoms.


William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens score all 50 states on their overall respect for individual freedom, and also on their respect for three dimensions of freedom considered separately: fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. To calculate these scores, they weight public policies based on the estimated costs that individuals suffer when government restricts their freedoms.


This 2023 edition improves on the methodology for weighting and combining state and local policies to create a comprehensive index. The authors introduce new policy variables suggested by readers and changes in the broader policy environment, which include but are not limited to a battery of state-level land-use laws affecting housing, new occupational licensing measures, and qualified immunity limitations.

Product Details ISBN: 9781952223907
ISBN-10: 1952223903
Publisher: Cato Institute
Publication Date: November 20th, 2023
Pages: 236
Language: English