May 17, 2011 12:03PM

Freedom vs. Entitlements

A new World Bank working paper by Jean‐​Pierre Chauffour (author of the Cato book, The Power of Freedom: Uniting Human Rights and Development) finds that freedom is the root cause of development. In contrast to economic, political and civil freedoms, Chauffour finds that “beyond core functions of government… the expansion of the state to provide for various entitlements, including so‐​called economic, social and cultural rights, may not make people richer in the long run and may even make them poorer.”