Book Forum

How Nations Prosper: Economic Freedom and Doing Business around the World

November 24, 2008 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST


Featuring James Gwartney, and Robert Lawson, Coauthors of, Economic Freedom of the World:2008 Annual Report (Fraser Institute and Cato Institute, 2008); with Simeon Djankov, Creator, “Doing Business” (World Bank, 2008); moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

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Economic freedom around the world continues to increase, though there are notable cases of decline, including the United States. James Gwartney and Robert Lawson will discuss those cases, describe trends in economic reform and present new findings on the effect of economic freedom and global poverty reduction. Simeon Djankov will explain how eliminating regulatory bureaucracy is impacting growth in developing countries. He will present new research on the political and other characteristics of countries most likely to reform.