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Economic Freedom and Life Expectancy

live free or die

There’s a connection:

More specifically, the average life expectancy is over 80 years in all seven economically free countries (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, and Ireland). Unfortunately, there are over 70 countries that are mostly unfree or repressed which represent almost 5 billion people with shorter life spans: in none of these individual countries is the average life expectancy over 80.

People who have economic freedoms also tend to live longer and be richer.

Some might argue that being richer leads to more freedom, not the other way around.

Does it really matter? Suppose it’s the other way around, and it’s increasing prosperity that brings more freedom. In any case, where’s the justification for economic repression? Is there any evidence anywhere of any kind of correlation between less economic freedom and prosperity? If not, on what basis is it ever honestly justified?


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