James Gwartney

Director, Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education

James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education.  His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington.  He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice (Cengage/South-Western Press, 2015) , a widely used text on the principles of economics that is now in its 15th edition.   He is also coauthor of an economics primer, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St.Martin's Press, 2010). His publications have appeared in both professional journals and popular media such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.   He served as Chief Economist of the Joint Committee of the US Congress from 1999 to 2000.  In 2004, he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free-market ideals.  He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education.

Recent Research by James Gwartney

— Sep 15, 2016
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas: size of government, legal structure and security of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation of credit, labour and business. This year’s report compares 159 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking, which is based on 2014 data, Hong Kong is again number one, Canada is tied for fifth, and the United States ranked 16th for the second year in a row.

— Sep 14, 2015
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The Economic Freedom of the World 2015 report uses data from 2013 (the most recent year available) to rank jurisdictions based on their levels of economic freedom (measured in size of government, taxation, regulation, rule of law, etc.).

— Oct 7, 2014
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Once again, Canada ranks among the world’s most economically free countries, ranking seventh overall according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World report, released today at an international event in Brussels. The report measures the economic freedom (levels of personal choice, ability to enter markets, security of privately owned property, rule of law, etc.) by analyzing the policies and institutions of 151 countries and Hong Kong.