Which States Are Most Free?

Policy Forum
June 8, 2011 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Jason Sorens, University of Buffalo (SUNY); and William Ruger, Texas State University–San Marcos; with comments by Michael Barone, Washington Examiner and The Almanac of American Politics; moderated by John Samples, Cato Institute.

In the new edition of their study "Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom," published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, political scientists Jason Sorens and William Ruger comprehensively rank the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. Two intriguing findings of the statistical analysis are that Americans are voting with their feet and moving to states with more economic and personal freedom and that economic freedom correlates with economic growth.