Joshua C. Hall

Associate Professor of Economics, West Virginia University

Joshua C. Hall is an Associate Professor of Economics and Co-director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.  He earned his B.B.A. and M.A. in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University.   Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College.  He is currently serving as Part President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute.  He is the author of over 70 articles in journals such as Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Labor Research, Southern Economic Journal, Public Finance Review, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Recent Research by Joshua C. Hall

— 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.