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Property rights index (0-100), 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 20 countries was 56 points. The highest value was in the USA: 95 points and the lowest value was in Haiti: 23 points. The indicator is available from 1995 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation
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Countries Property rights, 2023 Global rank Available data
USA 95 1 1995 - 2023
Canada 89 2 1995 - 2023
Barbados 72 3 1996 - 2023
Dominica 69 4 2009 - 2023
Saint Lucia 69 5 2009 - 2023
St. Vincent & ... 67 6 2009 - 2023
Costa Rica 66 7 1995 - 2023
Jamaica 66 8 1995 - 2023
Bahamas 61 9 1995 - 2023
Tr.&Tobago 58 10 1996 - 2023
Panama 57 11 1995 - 2023
Domin. Rep. 55 12 1995 - 2023
Mexico 48 13 1995 - 2023
El Salvador 43 14 1995 - 2023
Guatemala 39 15 1995 - 2023
Honduras 38 16 1995 - 2023
Belize 34 17 1995 - 2023
Cuba 32 18 1995 - 2023
Nicaragua 30 19 1995 - 2023
Haiti 23 20 1995 - 2023



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.
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