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Journal of Institutional Economics

The Hayek–Friedman Hypothesis on the Press: Is There an Association between Economic Freedom and Press Freedom?

Vetenskaplig artikel på engelska
Referens
Bjørnskov, Christian (2018). ”The Hayek–Friedman Hypothesis on the Press: Is There an Association between Economic Freedom and Press Freedom?”. Journal of Institutional Economics 14(4), 617–638. doi.org/10.1017/S1744137417000364

Författare
Christian Bjørnskov

The Hayek–Friedman hypothesis states that economic freedom is causally associated with stable democracy. I test a particular element of the hypothesis focusing on press freedom, which is arguably a necessary component of any democratic polity. Combining the Freedom House index of press freedom and the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom yields a large annual panel dataset between 1993 and 2011. Estimates show that improvements in economic freedom are associated with subsequent improvements of press freedom. The overall association is mainly driven by changes in market openness.

Christian Bjørnskov

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