A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries

2013-05-15 Washington Post

Max Fisher, Washington Post, writes about the research of Niclas Berggren, IFN, and Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University. They examine whether economic freedom is related to tolerance towards people of a different race and to tolerance towards homosexuals. They make use of data from the World Values Survey, and their study "Does Economic Freedom Foster Tolerance?" was recently published in the scientific journal Kyklos. Fisher's article has so far rendered more than 2,300 comments on Washington Post's web site, 60,000 likes on Facebook and more than 4,500 tweets (by May 20, 2013).

Max Fisher presents data on racial intolerance, as used by Berggren and Nilsson, but includes more countries. (The data errors for Bangladesh and Hong Kong, mentioned at the end of Fisher's piece, do not concern the results of the Berggren and Nilsson study, since they do not include these two countries in their cross-country analysis.)

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