Tanja Porčnik

President, Visio Institute

Tanja Porčnik is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Porčnik is president and co-founder of the Visio Institute, a think tank in Slovenia, and co-author of The Human Freedom Index.

She was formerly a senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Government Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University (through The Fund for American Studies) and a Research Associate & Manager of External Relations at the Cato Institute. Her articles and opinion pieces on trade policy, international relations, and human rights appear regularly in printed media, and she is a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Porčnik received her bachelor’s degree in applied economics from the University of Maribor and her master’s degree in American political thought from the University of Ljubljana.

Recent Research by Tanja Porčnik

— Dec 10, 2018
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The Human Freedom Index 2018

The Human Freedom Index, 2018 finds that New Zealand is the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong. Canada ranks 5th globally, and the United States ranks 17th in this year’s report. The index ranks 162 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 Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

— Jan 25, 2018
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The Human Freedom Index 2017

The Human Freedom Index, 2017 finds Canada is no longer one of the 10 freest countries in the world, having dropped from fourth to 11th, while the United States climbed up seven spots to 17th. 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 Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

— 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.