FRASER INSTITUTE

FRASER INSTITUTE

Vancouver, Canada

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The mission of Fraser Institute is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.

Major programs for this organization include: Economic Freedom of the Arab World Project; Economic Freedom of the World; Economic Freedom of North America

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‘FROM THIRD WORLD TO FIRST’ — ECONOMIC FREEDOM FORUM IN UKRAINE

While the world at large is freer than it ever was, Ukraine remains entrenched in political and economic hardship. The revolution fades, but the mafia state lives on. The recent Economic Freedom Forum, hosted by Atlas Network partners Bendukidze Free Market Center and Fraser Institute in Kyiv, brought together think tanks and sc...

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TURKEY SEEKS ECONOMIC FREEDOM AMIDST DEMOCRATIC SETBACK

Turkey has recently experienced a steep decline in various democracy and freedom indexes all over the world. The Freedom Research Association (FRA) – a Turkish Atlas Network partner organization based in Ankara – has taken the initiative to promote economic liberty as a means to change this trend, recently completing an Economic...

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NEW UKRAINIAN TRANSLATION OF ‘ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD’

Ukraine has a low ranking on the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World” index, placing 135th out of 159 measured economies in the world — even lower than its previous ranking of 128th. The Bendukidze Free Market Centre, an Atlas Network partner based in Kyiv, recently published a Ukrainian translation of “Economic Fr...

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SLOVAKIA’S CATALYST FOR CHANGE

Modern Slovakia is like night and day compared to its years under communist rule, before the 1989 Velvet Revolution hastened the end of communist control, ultimately dissolving the Soviet Union in 1991. The nation has forged its own path since its Velvet Divorce separated Slovakia from the Czech Republic only two years after tha...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDITS HELD IN GREECE, URUGUAY, VENEZUELA, SERBIA

The Economic Freedom Audit is a series of events held in different countries around the world, aiming to bring together leading figures from the policy, political, media, business and academic world in order to identify positive reforms that would lead each country to a higher degree of economic freedom as measured by the Fraser...

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RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT AID IN SWITZERLAND

The Swiss government spent CHF 25.5 billion (almost US$25 billion) in international development aid during the first 15 years of this century, reports a new study from Zurich-based Atlas Network partner the Liberal Institute (LI), but recipient countries continue to decline. Rather than continuing to funnel money into endless re...

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VISIO INSTITUT PARTNERS WITH FRASER FOR SLOVENIA ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT

Slovenia’s economic freedom rankings had declined for six years in a row in the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World annual reports until the 2016 edition (incorporating data through 2014), when it advanced by 14 places — currently ranking 97th out of 159 countries. Still, this position lags behind Slovenia’s earlier...

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HONG KONG AGAIN LEADS FRASER ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX, VENEZUELA IN LAST PLACE

The top four jurisdictions with the most economic freedom — Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Switzerland — have placed the same in the Canada-based Fraser Institute’s 2016 “Economic Freedom of the World Report” as they did in 2015. Venezuela is also once again in last place in the world. For the first time, though, Canada...

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MEASURING SIZE OF GOVERNMENT JURISDICTIONS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

An advantage of federalist government systems is that they allow their smaller jurisdictions latitude to experiment with different policies and procedures, so that best practices can arise and spread. A new index from the Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise (CAFE), an Atlas Network partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, co...

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FISHER MEMORIAL AWARD RECOGNIZES WORKS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO FREE SOCIETY

The ideas of liberty can be summed up simply, but their implications and the world they illuminate are endlessly complex and require rigorous analysis. Every year, Atlas Network presents the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award to an institute that has published a book, magazine, report, monograph, or study that, in th...

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FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS GARNER HIGH RANKINGS ON ANNUAL INDEX

Atlas Network and many of its partners are among the most highly ranked free-market think tanks in the world, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index, the most widely cited and influential index of think tanks in the world. The Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the...

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A LOOK BACK AT THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL LIBERTY EVENT OF THE YEAR

You never know where your next big idea will originate — a dynamic speaker, a moving video, an interactive workshop, a chance conversation. Inspiration can arise from almost anywhere, and a primary reason that Atlas Network organizes Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner (LFFD) every year is to facilitate an environment in which there...

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FRASER INSTITUTE WINS 2015 SIR ANTONY FISHER INTERNATIONAL MEMORIAL AWARD

Entrepreneurship and economic freedom have complex and interrelated roles in economic recovery, and too little of those components has led to a particularly sluggish recovery for the U.S. economy after the 2008 fiscal crisis. The Fraser Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Canada, connects the dots between these concepts...

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PUTTING A HUMAN FACE ON ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Economic freedom is usually discussed in terms of government policy and market dynamics, so it can be easy to lose sight of the individual stories at the heart of every economy — the people buying and selling in countless voluntary transactions, each trying to improve their lives by providing something of value to others. That h...

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GLOBAL ECONOMIC FREEDOM UP SLIGHTLY AMONG 157 JURISDICTIONS

Hong Kong again ranks at the top of the “Economic Freedom of the World: 2015 Annual Report,” released this week by the Fraser Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Canada. Hong Kong is followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Jordan, Ireland, and Canada, with the United Kingdom and Chile...

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MEASURING AND COMBATING VIOLENT CRIME IN URUGUAY

Violent crime is a terrifying violation of person and property, with devastating effects that ripple throughout the lives of the victims. The aftermath isn’t confined to the direct targets of criminal activity, though, or their family and friends. It also spreads throughout the local economy, making it more difficult and costly...

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NEW BOOK EXAMINES HOW REGULATION STIFLES ENTREPRENEURSHIP, GROWTH

True economic recovery after a crisis requires widespread investment in entrepreneurial ideas, undertaken by people who see an opportunity to satisfy the needs and wants of the people around them and who are willing to stake considerable time, effort, and resources in new productive enterprise. Increasingly, however, the U.S. ec...

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TANZANIAN CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON ROADBLOCKS TO ECONOMIC FREEDOM

Tanzania has made significant strides towards freedom in the last two decades, after its breakaway from socialism in the 1980s. Economic liberalization and structural reforms have helped to spur economic growth and poverty reduction, but the East African nation still has significant obstacles to overcome. Atlas Network’s partner...

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SNAP ELECTION IN SLOVENIA COULD MEAN SLOW DOWN FOR PRIVATIZATION

In the run up to this month’s parliamentary elections in Slovenia, the outgoing government suspended its privatization program. The program is part of a budget deal with the EU that is designed to reduce the country’s deficit. Incoming prime minister Miro Cerar, whose newly formed political party carries his name (SMC), has said...

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WAGING WORLD PEACE

On June 26, Canada’s Fraser Institute published findings of its 2014 Economic Freedom of the World Report, titled “Free Markets and Civil Peace: Some Theory and Empirical Evidence.” In it, Fraser scholars empirically and theoretically examine war and peace, finding that the level of economic freedom a country enjoys is directly...

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CANADIANS FINALLY GET TAX FREEDOM

The average family in Canada pays out 43.5 percent of their annual cash income in federal, provincial and local taxes. On June 9, Canada celebrated Tax Freedom Day. This is the day in the year when an average family has earned enough money to finally pay off its tax burden to all government entities. Charles Lammam, resident sc...

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