Martin Rode

Martin Rode is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Navarra in Pamplona (Spain). He received a doctoral degree in economics from a joint Ph.D. program by the Universities of Cantabria, the Basque Country, and Oviedo in 2012. Martin is also the holder of two undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science, both from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has been a visiting researcher at Florida State University (USA), Aarhus University (Denmark), and CESifo Group Munich (Germany). Martin’s research and teaching is in the areas of Political Economy, Institutional Economics, and Public Policy. Here, a central question is always how politics and economic reform processes are conditioned by the underlying institutional environments in which they are conducted. His publications have appeared, among others, in Economics and Politics, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Choice, Publius-the Journal of Federalism, and Social Indicators Research.

Recent Research by Martin Rode

— 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.

— Aug 15, 2023
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Populism, Majority Rule, and Economic Freedom

Populism, Majority Rule, and Economic Freedom, a chapter in the Institute’s upcoming Economic Freedom of the World Report, finds that in the absence of strong institutional checks on government power, such as constitutional rules that protect minority rights and an independent judiciary that will enforce these rules, populism in government can lead to a decline in economic freedom.