Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How Free is Your State?

© 2009 Albert A Rasch

Here is an interesting report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The Mercatus Center applies scholarly research to the problems facing policy makers with respect to economics.

Jason Sorens and William Ruger present a comprehensive ranking of American states on their public policies affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres.

"We find that the freest states in the country are New Hampshire, Colorado, and South Dakota, which together achieve a virtual tie for first place. All three states feature low taxes and government spending and middling levels of regulation and paternalism. New York is the least free by a considerable margin, followed by New Jersey, Rhode Island, California, and Maryland. On personal freedom alone, Alaska is the clear winner, while Maryland brings up the rear. As for freedom in the different regions of the country, the Mountain and West North Central regions are the freest overall while the Middle Atlantic lags far behind on both economic and personal freedom. Regression analysis demonstrates that states enjoying more economic and personal freedom tend to attract substantially higher rates of internal net migration."
From Freedom in the 50 States

The full PDF report is available at Freedom in the 50 States.

Albert A Rasch

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will be honest when I say a lot of that is a bit over my comprehension but it does make me think.
I noticed Connecticut was ranked 41st. out of all the states.