Measuring Impediments to Freedom: Property Rights and Trade Barriers


  • 05/12/2019
    18:00 - 20:00
The Institute of Economic Affairs is delighted to invite you to the UK launch of the 2019 International Property Rights Index and the first edition of the International Trade Barrier Index, both produced by Property Rights Alliance.

The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the first annual publication of the Property Rights Alliance. The IPRI scores the underlining institutions of a strong property rights regime: the legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. It is the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of legal and political environment, intellectual and physical property rights. Covering 129 countries the 2019 IPRI reports on the property rights systems affecting 98 percent of world Gross Domestic Product and 94 percent of world population.

The International Trade Barrier Index (TBI) was created to compliment the IPRI, both serving as barometers of essential freedoms for market economies. The TBI was created to focus the trade discourse on the very barriers that impede free-exchanges as opposed to political or metric based policies that are irrelevant to individuals.  The TBI covers 86 countries and measures the three most direct barriers to trade: Tariffs, Non-Tariff Measures, and Services Restrictions. A fourth component, Facilitation, captures elements necessary to allow international trade to occur.

Indexes Launch: The 2019 International Property Rights Index and the 2019 International Trade Barrier Index

Guest Speaker: Philip Thompson, Policy Analyst for Intellectual Property and Trade at the Property Rights Alliance

Moderator: Prof. Syed Kamall, Director of Research at the IEA

About the Author:

Philip Thompson is the Policy Analyst for Intellectual Property and Trade at the Property Rights Alliance an international advocacy firm dedicated to the protection of all property rights around the world. Previously, Philip was a Koch fellow at the American Legislative Exchange Council and interned at the Cato institute. Philip earned a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution both from George Mason University.