India fares poorly in World Economic Freedom Index

Despite ranking 112 in the Annual Report 2016, India is still ahead of China, Bangladesh and Pakistan

GN Bureau | September 16, 2016


#Pakistan   #Bangladesh   #China   #Centre for Civil society   #Economic Freedom Report   #India  
 India fares poorly in World Economic Freedom Index
India fares poorly in World Economic Freedom Index

India slipped by 10 positions and now ranks 112th amongst 159 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report.

India’s neighbours Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka ranked 78th, 108th and 111th respectively in the report, while China, Bangladesh and Pakistan were positioned at 113th, 121st and 133th ranks respectively. Hong Kong has again emerged at the first position this year.

India's leading public policy think tank, Centre for Civil Society published the report on Thursday in collaboration with Canada's Fraser Institute.

The report is based on data from 2014 (the most recent year of available comparable data) and measures the economic freedom (size of government, legal system and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade internationally and regulation) by analysing the policies and institutions of all 159 countries and territories.

India has fared badly in most categories i.e. legal system and property rights (86), freedom to trade internationally (144) and regulation (132).

While releasing the World Economic Freedom Index, Parth Shah, founder and president, Centre for Civil Society said, "The economic freedom index of a country is directly proportional to the freedom and opportunities available to its citizens. People living in countries with high levels of economic freedom enjoy greater prosperity, more political and civil liberties, and longer lives. On the contrary, countries at the lower levels of freedom index tend to suppress its citizens' freedom and rights."

Hong Kong has the highest level of economic freedom worldwide, followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Georgia, Ireland, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Australia, and United Kingdom at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th positions respectively. Australia and the United Kingdom have tied for the 10th position this year.

The 10 lowest-ranked countries are: Iran, Algeria, Chad, Guinea, Angola, Central African Republic, Argentina, Republic of Congo, Libya and lastly Venezuela.


Read full report here

Comments

 

Other News

What exactly is the true purpose of business?

Invaluable By Somik Raha IndiePress, 316 pages, Rs 701 From coding at age 12 to a deep dive into philoso

Yoga Day has changed perceptions about it in ten years: PM

The expanding awareness of Yoga over the past ten years has changed perceptions associated with it, prime minister Narendra Modi said in Srinagar on Friday on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.   “Yoga is now emerging beyond limited boundaries. The world is witnessing t

Listening to tomorrow: The imperative for youth-driven data in India

Over a decade and a half ago when I was still a student, millennials felt the burning need to break down the barriers of gatekeeping in traditional media. Young voices, brimming with ideas and opinions, were often sidelined, their perspectives deemed too marginal or unrefined for mainstream discourse. This

Israel-Palestine War: Lessons from Past Peace Efforts

Israel-Palestine War: Give Peace a Chance By Dr. Joseph K. Thomas IndiePress, 243 pages, Rs 399 T

How inner work helps subvert painful narratives

Unashamed By Neha Bhat HarperCollins, 240 pages, Rs 499   * How do I connect better with my partner? *&nbs

Heatwave spikes power demand: measures taken to ensure supply

The Northern Region has been experiencing high power demand conditions due to a prevailing heat wave since May 17. Despite these challenging conditions, the highest ever peak demand of 89 GW in the Northern Region was successfully met on June 17. This achievement was made possible by import

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter