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Does anyone know anything about economic freedom in Ethiopia? I'm going to be on a panel where this would be useful knowledge to have - and unfortunately, Ethiopia does not yet seem to be included in the Economic Freedom of the World project. Perhaps there is an included nation to which Ethiopian policy is roughly comparable?


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David writes:

Well, using the advanced technology of a google search, the first hit was the Heritage Foundation's report for 2007:

http://www.heritage.org/research/features/index/country.cfm?id=Ethiopia

Gichilla writes:

Is this pro-EPRDF website? If so, I don't think I get fair and unbiased response to my question. Anyway, my question is How does the government reconcile the claim of 10 plus percent economic growth against the 30 something percent inflation in Ethiopia? over 90% of the population who live on salary no longet afford to feed their family. Only those who are members of the EPRDF affliate political organizations may afford such expenses. peace!

Tim Harford writes:

The World Bank publishes a good report, "Doing Business". Very credible and lots of detail. The Ethiopia page is here.

calman writes:

http://www.eeaecon.org/miscellaneous/vision2020/berhanuv2020.htm
- The Author, DR. Birhanu Nega, is in jail now in kaliti and most of his colleagues, the famous Ethiopian Economists, are also in Jail now and I will forward you to see the jailed Economists for more information.

Tex writes:

An important thing to remember is that the state still owns all of the land in Ethiopia, an admonitory lesson on the dubious benefits of Georgist land tenure.

Ethiopundit writes:

"In Ethiopia since 1975 when Communism ended land ownership for some and the promise of land reform for others no peasant farmer has been allowed to own land, to have any confidence of a long term stay on any land or even the right to leave the land as he sees fit. This has had predictably tragic consequences."

World Press Review enlarges on the same point:

"A group of Ethiopian economists says there is a direct link between famines and the land-tenure system. Lacking the security that comes with land ownership, farmers will not invest in improving fertility, or plant trees, or build terraces to stop soil erosion. The problem, the independent Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA) adds, is that the current civilian government, by making land a constitutional subject, will not brook any discussion on state ownership of land.
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