Ian Vásquez

Ian Vásquez is director of the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute.

Recent Research by Ian Vásquez

— Nov 29, 2016
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The Human Freedom Index, 2016

Human Freedom Index, 2016 finds Canada is the sixth freest country in the world, while the United States continues to decline dropping from 20th to 23rd this year. The index ranks 159 countries and jurisdictions based on 79 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms and is a joint project with the Cato Institute in the U.S. and the Liberales Institut of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.

— Aug 18, 2015
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Human Freedom Index

Human Freedom Index: A Global Measurement of Personal, Civil, and Economic Freedom compares the level of human freedom in 152 countries using 76 indicators in areas that include freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and women’s freedoms. It finds that Canada ranks sixth in the world while the United States ranks 20th.

— Jan 8, 2013
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This project, sponsored by Canada’s Fraser Institute, Germany’s Liberales Institut, and the United States’ Cato Institute, focuses on creating the first comprehensive and conceptually consistent index of freedom, including economic freedom, and is based on the “negative” definition of freedom—in other words, the absence of barriers or coercion that prevent individuals from acting as they might wish.