Tanja Porčnik

Ms. Tanja Porčnik is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and the co-founder and president of the Visio Institute, a think tank in Slovenia. She specializes in economic and human freedom studies.

She was formerly a senior fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and before that a Government Teaching Fellow of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic.

Her articles on human rights, law, international relations, and economic policy appear regularly in printed media, and she is a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Ms. Porčnik is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation in American Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She completed her master's degree in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and her bachelor's degree in Applied Economics from the University of Maribor.

Recent Research by Tanja Porčnik

— Dec 18, 2019
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The Human Freedom Index 2019

The Human Freedom Index, 2019 finds that New Zealand is again the freest country in the world, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong. Canada ranks 4th globally, and the United States ranks 15th in this year’s report. The index ranks 162 countries and jurisdictions based on 76 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.

— 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.