Restriction of Economic Freedom (2005)
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The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom uses a set of objective economic criteria to study and grade various countries for the annual publication of the Index of Economic Freedom. The following list ranks regions based on the amount of economic restrictions placed upon individuals. Higher values indicate higher levels of restriction.

Complete List

RankingRegionRate
1South-Central Asia 3.8
2Middle Africa 3.5
3Northern Africa 3.5
4Western Africa 3.4
5Eastern Africa 3.4
6South-Eastern Asia 3.3
7Melanesia 3.3
8South America 3.2
9Caribbean 3.1
10Eastern Europe 3.0
11Southern Africa 3.0
11Western Asia 3.0
12The World 2.9
13Central America 2.9
14Eastern Asia 2.8
15Southern Europe 2.7
16Western Europe 2.0
17Northern Europe 1.9
18Northern America 1.9
19Australia/New Zealand 1.8
--Micronesia (Region) --
--Polynesia --


Source

The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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