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According to Economic Freedom Network, individuals have economic freedom when “property they acquire without the use of force, fraud, or theft is protected from physical invasions by others and they are free to use, exchange, or give property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others.”
On that basis, freer economies are known to have higher incomes, longer life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, greater literacy, and more civil and political liberties – factors that directly affect standards of living.
How much economic freedom exists in your country?
When Abe dissolved the lower house on 21 November 2014 and called a snap election for December, top leaders in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and New Komeito identified keeping 270 seats as the low-water mark, which would represent a loss of 56 seats. Given current economic conditions and the state of public opinion, a unified and confident opposition would probably extract such losses and would challenge the LDP–New Komeito coalition’s majority. But the opposition is still struggling to unify, so Abe and the coalition look reasonably safe. Read more
Mario Blejer & Eduardo Levy Yeyati,
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