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European Journal of Law and Economics

Does Legal Freedom Satisfy?

Journal Article
Berggren, Niclas and Christian Bjørnskov (2023). “Does Legal Freedom Satisfy?”. European Journal of Law and Economics 55(1), 1–28.

Niclas Berggren, Christian Bjørnskov

A set of legal rules in liberal democracies guarantee freedom for individuals to shape their own lives. This study investigates whether such rules suffice to make people satisfied with the freedom they have. We find that they do not, on their own, but in conjunction with trust, material resources and democracy.