(measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
USA: Property rights index (0-100)
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1995 to 2020. The average value for the USA during that period was 87 points with a minimum of 79 points in 2018 and a maximum of 90 points in 1995.
The latest value from 2020 is 82 points. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 183
countries is 57 points.
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The property rights index for the USA from The Heritage Foundation reflects the ability of individuals to accumulate private property, secured by clear laws that are fully enforced by the state. It also measures the likelihood of expropriation in the USA as well as the extent of corruption in the judiciary and the enforcement of contracts.
Definition: The property rights index measures the degree to which a country’s laws protect private property rights and the degree to which its government enforces those laws. It also assesses the likelihood that private property will be expropriated and analyzes the independence of the judiciary, the existence of corruption within the judiciary, and the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts. Higher index values denote more certain legal protection of property.