TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) - The Fraser Institute will release the Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern).
The peer-reviewed report ranks 144 countries around the world based on 42 distinct measures of policies that encourage economic freedom, the cornerstones of which are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of private property.
"Research shows that people living in countries with high levels of economic freedom benefit from uninterrupted prosperity, greater political and civil liberties, and longer life expectancies," said Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute vice-president of international policy research.
"Sadly, citizens living in the bottom-ranked countries face a significantly lower quality of life since they lose the benefits that come from growth spurred on by economic freedom and suffer reduced prosperity."
A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwire at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday, September 18.
The full report will also be available as a free PDF download at www.fraserinstitute.org and www.freetheworld.com.
McMahon will be in Toronto and available for media interviews the day of the release.
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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 85 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.