Economic liberty in the long run: Evidence from OECD countries

Leandro Prados de la Escosura, 7 April 2014



How has freedom evolved over time? A distinction has been made between ‘negative’ freedom – a lack of interference or coercion by others (freedom from) – and ‘positive’ freedom, the guarantee of access to markets that allow people to control their own existence (freedom to) (Berlin 1958). An example of negative freedom is economic liberty.

Topics: Development
Tags: economic freedom, economic liberty, negative freedom, OECD, protectionism

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