Index of Economic Freedom 2011
The embrace of capitalism by the young democracies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has proved particularly durable, and many developing countries have made major gains in reducing poverty by adopting measures that open up their economies and encourage economic engagement with the world. The strong commitment to economic freedom in these countries paves their way to more vibrant economic growth and greater prosperity in the years to come.
The 2011 Index of Economic Freedom documents a global economy that is progressing yet still engaged in the great battle between government and free markets. The fight for freedom is a never-ending struggle. The Index offers a valuable starting place from which to reflect on the fundamental principles of the free-market system and the lasting value of economic freedom.