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The U.S. ranks 3rd in labor freedom

According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States had a labor freedom score of 94.8, which make them rank third in that category. Singapore ranked first with a labor freedom score of 98.9.

Entry prepared by Katie Mibaum.

  1. 10 April 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Okay, first of all, ANYTHING published by the Heritage Foundation is automatically suspect, as they are an unabashed far right wing think tank.

    Second, what are the indicators that Heritage used to make this ranking? Because, if I know Heritage, and I do, then the rankings are based on how friendly legislation is to business, NOT to labor. They typically include factors such as “freedom” from labor laws that include rights to organize, worker safety regulations, compunction to restrict the work week to 40 hours per week and the pay of premium for hours worked over 40. This is what qualifies as labor freedom to Heritage in most cases.
    I have to assume that these are the criteria they used for this ranking, unless you can site otherwise.

  2. Mark
    10 April 2010 at 7:02 pm

    If you follow the link to the Heritage Foundation website, you can get to the information regarding labor freedom. You are correct in your hunch about the meaning of labor freedom.

    “Ranking America” is not intended to provide commentary about the rankings. If you are interested in my personal take on such things, please read my essay, “In Praise of the Moderately Free,” published at Forbes.com

  1. 10 April 2010 at 9:32 pm

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