The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

December 03, 2007 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute Hosts Discussion on How Economic Freedom Could Impact Political Tensions and Lagging Economies of the Middle East

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2007) - Could many of the problems affecting countries in the Middle East be solved by increasing economic freedom in the region?

Join Fred McMahon, The Fraser Institute's director of Trade and Globalization Studies, for a discussion using the Middle East as a case study to examine the impact of increasing economic freedom on the volatile politics and lagging economies in the region during a Fraser Institute luncheon in Toronto on Tuesday, December 4.

The cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of private property. Individuals living in countries with high levels of economic freedom enjoy higher levels of wealth, personal freedom, longer lifespan, a cleaner environment, and less violence.

McMahon will also discuss his recently released study, Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2007 Edition, authored in partnership with the International Research Foundation of Oman.

McMahon manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and examines global issues such as development, trade, governance and economic structure. He is the author of numerous research articles and several books. His articles have appeared in newspapers across North America and he is a frequent media commentator.

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Time: 12:15 pm-1:30 pm

(McMahon will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of

Location: Weston Conference Centre -- Fraser Institute Ontario Office
3rd Floor, 1491 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Interested media are invited to attend.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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