Alexander C.R. Hammond

Alexander C.R. Hammond is the Founder and Director of the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity and a Free Trade Fellow at the Institute of Economic of Affairs (IEA). He is also a Senior Fellow at African Liberty and a Fellow at EPICENTER. Formerly, Mr. Hammond worked as a Policy Analyst at the IEA and a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He often writes about African trade and development, economic freedom, and global well-being. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have featured in popular outlets across the world, including the Washington Times, Reason Magazine, News 24, National Interest, Washington Examiner, Newsweek, Business Insider,, and the Cato Institute’s website. Mr. Hammond’s works have also featured in several think-tank publications, and he is the author of the column and a forthcoming Cato Institute book, Heroes of Progress: 65 People Who Changed the World.

Recent Research by Alexander C.R. Hammond

— Sep 19, 2023
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2023 Annual Report

Economic Freedom of the World report measures the economic freedom of individuals—their ability to make their own economic decisions—by analyzing the policies and institutions of 165 jurisdictions. This year, for the first time in the history of the report, Hong Kong has fallen to second place overall while Canada has one of the fastest growth rates in size of government in the world.