Friday on The Chad Hasty Show, Robert Lawson from SMU's O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom joined the show to talk about the continued slide by the United States in the center's world-wide rankings of economic freedom.

The O'Neil Center conducts economic research on cause and effects of economic freedom throughout the globe, and works to educate people on the how and why of economic freedom.

Hasty asked Lawson about why the United States had moved from the number two in the world of the most economically free nations, to number 16 since the year 2000. Lawson responded, "We peaked in [the year] 2000, and ever since 2000 it's been going down, you know a tick here and a tick there, and pretty soon, as they say, it adds up." 

Lawson then continued, describing the infringement of property rights, how it restricts economic freedom, and other factors that affect world rankings.

Lawson will be speaking at Texas Tech University on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. More information is available at the Free Market institute's website.

Listen to the entire interview with Robert Lawson in the video above.

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