Economic Freedom in India
While economic freedom can be only one of many factors that influence economic growth, the big picture emerging from data from a study in India is that, largely, states with increasing freedom are growing faster, and those with worsening freedom are growing slower, says Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
The only two Indian states that showed a large increase in economic freedom between 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 were Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat they averaged 10.5 per cent annual state gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
States with a moderate rise in economic freedom averaged 8.1 per cent annual growth.
States with a moderate fall in freedom averaged 8.7 per cent annual growth.
And those with large falls in freedom averaged only 6.7 per cent.
Aiyar's report focuses on three categories of freedom at the state level:
One is the size of government relative to state GDP.
The second is legal structure and property rights.
The third is regulation of business and labour.
Source: Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, Freedom Means Faster Growth, Cato Institute, March 16. 2011.
For text: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12886
For study: http://www.cato.org/economic-freedom-india/EconomicFreedomIndia-2011.pdf
For more on International Issues: http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=26
First published by the National Center for Policy Analysis, United States
FMF Policy Bulletin/ 29 March 2011
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Publish date: 07 April 2011
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