Policy Documents

2013 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Task Force –
July 8, 2013

Promoting economic freedom at home and abroad is essential to revitalizing the U.S. economy. In 2010, the United States fell from the ranks of the economically free countries in the Index of Economic Freedom and, in the years since, the U.S. has continued a steady decline. The warnings in the 2013 edition of the Index are too stark to ignore. Only by pressing for more freedom everywhere can the U.S. hope to avoid further decline. A plan for promoting economic freedom in the world is laid out in this Special Report. It describes many actions that nations around the world need to take and offers Washington a blueprint for a practical and effective global strategy. American leadership can be decisive in promoting property rights and anti-corruption measures in other countries. This global agenda can and should be implemented—starting today.