the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World report 2021, Pakistan scored 5.95 out of 10 in terms of economic freedom and lie in bottom quartile, an illustration that country is not economically free.
In this year’s report, Pakistan ranks 142nd based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Pakistan ranked 133rd with a score of 6.07.
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Pakistan, people are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in the country,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
“Pakistan is not economically free. This is not a secret. There is a possible relationship between our economic constraints with the restrictions we impose on our individuals and enterprises. Fraser’s report points to some of these restrictions” said Ali Salman, Executive Director PRIME.
The report, which was first launched in 1996, measures economic freedom—the ability of individuals to make their own economic decisions—by analyzing the policies and institutions of 165 countries and territories. Indicators include regulation, freedom to trade internationally, size of government, property rights, government spending and taxation.
The Fraser Institute produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World report in cooperation with the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in nearly 100 countries and territories, including PRIME Institute in Pakistan. It’s the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom.